My creative other half arranged for us to check out the Sex and the City tour about a week ago. Although, i got on the Sex and the City bandwagon late, i would be on time for this tour because i have a sustained appreciation for the writing behind the hit series. From 1998 to 2004, Sex and the City made us blush, think, and laugh with 6 amazing seasons. It was only right to peek behind and around the scenes. Besides, this felt like the perfect compliment to my expanding knowledge of New York's 19th century. i give tours at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum 1 to several days a week - discussing New York's remarkable personal stories of immigrants who lived in crowded tenements in the late 19th century. It only made sense to spend my Saturday afternoon looking at what a difference a 100 years can make [1898 to 1998] in the sex lives of single New York ladies.
It was a sunny day and our tour guide was the shit. Upon boarding the bus on the south side of central park, funny sexy Lindsey Gentile made us begin our morning by belting out a loud explicative - the "f" word. She said this would calm us. We sat in a comfy tour bus equipped with monitors that played clips from the popular series between Lindsey's quizzes and fact sharing. This was where the tour found its strongest asset - the blend of the tour guide's knowledge, the Sex and the City clips, and the City itself, gave the day a smart charm. i felt like i was on the show, especially when we were swept off the comfort of our tour bus and into the Pleasure Chest (home of the infamous jack rabbit) to see where the ladies got their toys.
The world of Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes were explored over the next two hours, including occasional pit stops at Magnolia's for cup cakes and O'Neils [Aidan's bar] for cosmopolitans. In case you are wondering, i did not partake of said cosmos but did inject 1 cup cake straight into my veins. Anyone who wants to have any alcohol after such a sugar rush can only expect to behave badly.
To make a potentially long and funny story short - i had a good time and took lots of pictures. The one i'm sharing above is from the opening sequence to the show with a relatively well known blooper. i'll let you figure that one out. Spoiler Alert: It has something to do with vanishing people.
i also learned a lot. Most of the series was shot in the West Village because it was cheaper to block off those streets and one of the seasons was cut short because Jessica [Carrie] was pregnant. There's a lot more than these tidbits but you gotta go on the tour yourself to find all that out. Here's the link again.
Upon completing the tour, i couldn't help but wonder how much the sex lives of New Yorkers had changed over the past 100 years. i wonder what the future holds for us.