Thursday, December 26, 2013

New York City for the everyday Gossip Girl

Hello everyone!

I have finally finished Gossip Girl (I actually binge watched it on Nextflix) and I have to say that seeing all of the amazing shooting locations in New York City is getting me even more excited to go. In honor of this, I thought that I would make a post about some of the main attractions featured in Gossip Girl that anyone in New York City can enjoy.
(Taken from Central Park website)
xo Jessica

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is where Serena Van der Woodsen makes her famous come back in the Pilot Episode of the Gossip Girl series. Featuring train and metro lines, Grand Central Terminal is as much of a beautiful tourist attraction as it is a New Yorkers' daily commuting transfer/stop. Audio tours are available for a small fee for anyone wishing to learn more about the history and famous facts of the terminal.

89 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017

Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan's Candy Bar is the candy store that Dan and Vanessa visit to pick up an anniversary present for Nate. Owned by the daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Dylan Lauren, Dylan's Candy Bar is famous for being one of the largest, unique candy stores in the world (being modeled after Roald Dahl's, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). Stocked with more than 7,000 candies from around the world, Dylan's Candy Bar is a top destination for tourists and locals alike. 

1011 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10065

The Empire Hotel
(Taken from the Empire Hotel's website)

The Empire Hotel, known in the series as Chuck Bass' hotel and the residence of both Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald (the Penthouse Suite), is a 4-star luxury hotel located at 44 West 63rd Street in New York City and offers 442 boutique style rooms, various bars, and luxury transportation services. 

44 West 63rd Street New York, NY 10023

The Palace Hotel

The Palace hotel serves as the Van der Woodsen residence while their Penthouse Suite is being renovated in Season 1. Also located here, is the restaurant which serves up Serena's favorite Grilled Cheese and Truffle oil sandwich ordered by none other than Chuck Bass. Located in Midtown, the New York Palace hotel is one of the most recognizable luxury hotels in New York City. Featuring a variety of accommodation styles, guests can choose to stay in the main area of the New York Palace hotel, or opt for the over-the-top elegance and luxury of the suites located in The Towers.

455 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10022

(Sarabeth's website)

When Serena is preparing to run away to Los Angeles once and for all, Blair is upset and says that there won't be any more Sarabeth runs. Known for it's delicious pastries, Sarabeth's has restaurants in the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Tribeca, Park Avenue South, and Central Park South. For dining options, reservations are recommended and for those of you who can't make it to New York City to try some of these well-known pastries, Sarabeth's ships many of their products straight to your door.

For a full list of locations and addresses, click here. (It is here that you can also make reservations)

Butter NYC
(Butter website)

Famously (in the Gossip Girl world) known as the evening hangout for Blair and her Minions, Butter is mentioned many times. Located in Midtown, Butter is an American style restaurant with a constantly changing menu due to their use of greenmarket offerings. Reservations are highly recommended especially on weekends and for dinner. 

70 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Otherwise known as the MET, Queen Blair and her minions enjoyed eating lunch on the famous steps and looking over their "kingdom" while students at Constance Billard School for Girls. Housing exhibitions from around the world, the MET is open 7 days a week and offers discounted rates for students. Admission can also be purchased along with admission to other museums through the New York City Pass which can be found here.

1000 5th Avenue New York, NY 10028

Central Park
(Taken from Central Park website)

Featured many times in Gossip Girl whether is was a reunion at one of the many fountains, feeding ducks at the ponds, a wedding in the park, or a jog with family, Central Park was a favorite location for many of the shows characters. A escape to nature from the busy streets of Manhattan, Central Park is 840 acres of urban park open to the public. If you happen to be visiting in the winter months, Central Park houses the Wollman Rink next to the use for open skating daily. 

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