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Park Avenue Princess

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Today I thought I’d write yet another post about yet another Sex and the City: The Movie  filming location – Charlotte York’s Upper East Side apartment.  🙂  From the beginning Charlotte York was Sex and the City’s  reigning Park Avenue Princess – a role I’d like to see myself in someday 🙂 – and, in real life, her apartment really was located on New York’s prestigious Park Avenue.  Well, the exterior of it anyway.  All of the interiors of Charlotte’s apartment existed only on a soundstage at New York City’s Silvercup Studios.  I found the location of Charlotte’s pad, once again, thanks to my go-to SATC  locations guide.   

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This apartment originally belonged to Charlotte’s first husband, Trey.  The two moved into it after they got married in the third season of Sex and the City.  After their divorce in Season Four, a fight for the apartment ensued and Charlotte ended up winning it thanks to her divorce lawyer – and future husband –  Harry Goldenblatt.  Charlotte’s building was built in 1916 by New York City architecture firm Schwartz & Gross.  The 13-story building is situated in the elusive Carnegie Hill area of New York and houses only 24 apartments. 

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The scene from Sex And The City: The Movie  that took place at this location was quite memorable as it was the first time in the film that we saw Carrie in her wedding attire – complete with a blue bird on her head.  LOL   On the morning of her would-be nuptials, Carrie and the girls head out of this building and into a waiting limousine.  Carrie’s huge Cinderella dress has to be carefully pushed into the limo, causing her wedding planner Anthony to lament, “It’s like pushing a cream puff through a key hole.”  LOL

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Charlotte and Harry’s apartment is located at 930 Park Avenue on New York’s stylish Upper East Side.

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The Astor Place Starbucks

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Two of my favorite things in the world (besides Jennifer Aniston, of course) are Starbucks coffee and Sex and the City.  So it was only natural that I stalk the Starbucks featured in Sex and the City: The Movie  while I was in New York a few weeks ago.  🙂  The Starbucks used in SATC  is located on Astor Place and is actually one of the busiest Starbucks in New York.  It also just happens to be Matt Damon’s Starbucks of choice.  🙂  I found this location thanks to the Sex and The City: The Movie book, which features an entire chapter dedicated to filming locations.  LOVE IT! 

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The Astor Place Starbucks was featured twice in SATC: The Movie.  It first shows up in one of the funniest scenes in the movie, as the location where Carrie holds her personal assistant interviews and meets “Louise from Saint Louis” (Jennifer Hudson) for the first time.  That scene was actually the first scene Jennifer Hudson filmed for the movie and, according to the Sex and the City: The Movie book, at the end of the day she sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” to the cast and crew.  In fact, all of the actors who played Carrie’s interviewees in the scene are well-known Broadway singers.

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Later on in the movie, Carrie and Louise once again visit this same Starbucks.  But this time, Carrie has a new head of hair – long, dark brown locks.  A little bit of SATC trivia – Carrie’s brown mane in the movie was actually a wig!  

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While walking to the Astor Place Starbucks, I couldn’t help but wonder why, out of the 178 Starbucks locations in New York City, producers choose this one for filming?  But once I entered the front doors, it all became clear.  The Astor Place Starbucks is the BIGGEST Starbucks I have ever seen in my life.  It has to be at least 2,000 square feet.  It’s massive size must have made it the easy choice for filming a movie with a large crew and large cameras.

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While researching the Astor Place Starbucks this morning, I came across this AMAZING website and pretty much spent my whole morning absolutely engrossed by it!  Apparently, there is a man named Winter whose goal in life is to visit every single Starbucks location on the planet.  A man after my own heart, I’m telling you.  🙂  I told my boyfriend about Winter and his unique mission this morning and he replied “That sounds like something you would do!”  LOL  I better never meet this Winter guy, I have a feeling we’d be trouble together.   🙂  On a side note, if you are at all a Starbucks fan like myself and find yourself in New York, you will be very excited to know that the Herald Square Macy’s houses not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Starbucks – one on the first floor balcony, and one each on levels 3, 5, and 6!  I was in heaven while shopping there.  🙂  LOL  The above picture is of a Macy’s sign showing all of its Starbucks locations that I took while riding the escalator, which explains why it turned out a bit blurry.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Sex and the City  Starbucks is located at the corner of Astor Place and Layfayette Street in Manhattan.

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“And Your 40s Are To Pay For the Drinks!”

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Another day, another SATC  location.  🙂  One of the must-see locales of my NYC stalking vacation was the bar where Carrie Bradshaw and her personal assistant, Louise, drank Bellini’s and commiserated over their broken hearts in Sex and the City: The Movie.  The bar used in the film is called Bemelman’s and it is located inside the famed Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side.  According to fave book Sex and the City: The Movie, the SJP flick was the very first production ever allowed to film inside the legendary bar.    It is at Bemelman’s that Carrie gives Louise this sage piece of advice: “Enjoy yourself – that’s what your 20s are for.  Your 30s are to learn the lessons.  And your 40s are to pay for the drinks!”  🙂  Love it!  🙂

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Bemelman’s is named after the creator, illustrator, and author of the popular Madeline children’s book series, Ludwig Bemelman, whose murals adorn the bar’s many walls.  Over fifty years ago, the Carlyle Hotel commisioned Bemelman to paint large scenes of animals frolicking in Central Park on the walls of their lobby bar.  Instead of being paid for this feat, Bemelman and his family were given free room and board at the luxury hotel for a year and a half.   Not a bad deal!  🙂 Bemelman’s Bar has long been a favorite of both celebrities and native New Yorkers alike.   In fact, SJP is a longtime fan of the Carlyle in general.   She spent many an evening at Cafe Carlyle, the hotel’s cabaret restaurant, while dating then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick.  In fact, the two even spent their honeymoon at the Carlyle.  🙂  Currently Bemelman’s is a favorite stomping ground of Suri Cruise, who regularly attends the Saturday children’s tea with her famous mom. 

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Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to grab a cocktail in Bemelman’s during this New York vacay – so many places to stalk, so little time.  😦  But I did pop my head in for a little looksie.  The cocktail waitress even let me take some pics at the bar area, even though photographs are typically not allowed.  From what I saw in the few minutes I was there, Bemelman’s looks like a very cool place to grab a drink and it’s easy to see why producers chose it for a little SATC  filming.  The bar is dark, intimate, cozy, and so very New York.  It even features a 24-carat gold leaf ceiling – I’m not kidding!   And to commemorate the filming that took place there in late 2007, Bemelman’s even named a drink after SATC’s  leading lady.  “The Bradshaw” is a mixture of Don Julio Blanco tequila, lime juice, cane sugar simple syrup, and X-Rated Passion Fruit Liquor.  The drink is, of course, pink and  is served in a martini glass dusted with pink sugar.  Love it!

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: Bemelman’s Bar is located at 35 East 76th Street, inside the famed Carlyle Hotel.

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