After a lovely first day of being in NYC, Katie and I woke up to some pretty terrible weather on Friday.
BUT, we put on our long underwear (don’t judge me – I was warm) and grabbed our umbrellas to eat breakfast at the best bagel place on earth – Murray’s in Greenwich Village. Plain with cream cheese for her; whole grain with egg and cheese for me. Plus two coffees, of course.
I was a little bit nervous to publicly admit this, but the tour was too good to not talk about. When Katie and I began researching things to do in NYC, we decided to book ourselves an afternoon of sightseeing…by way of the Gossip Girl On-Location tour. YES, yes, yes. We admit it!
I’ll talk more about it in a minute, but I do have to say that we do not regret this tour ONE bit. And here’s why:
1. To us, GG is our guilty pleasure and escape. It’s so completely unrealistic and unrelated to our lives, that it makes it entertaining to us.
2. We’re both equally obsessed.
3. The weather was really crappy. Yes, snow in NYC is absolutely beautiful…to look at. Not so much beautiful to walk in all day.
4. We saw more of NYC during our 3.5 hour hop-on-hop-off bus tour than we ever could have covered in a whole entire weekend by using our own two feet or the subway system.
So what did we see?
The tour began at The Palace Hotel, Chuck and Serena’s home during the first couple of seasons. Unfortunately, it was under construction, but it was still beautiful!
The back of the school wasn’t around the corner. No, no. It was filmed in an entirely different area – at the Museum of the City of New York.
While driving, we spotted Nate’s house! Fun fact: this was the only house exterior that actually had its interior filmed as well. Most of the interior shots (school, homes, etc.) were movie sets at a different location, but Nate’s house scenes were actually filmed here. This place has owners, and the CW just ‘rented’ the space from the actual owners. Oh you know, no big deal, they just live in a place so fabulous that TV shows want to film it.
Can you guess our next stop? Right to Harry Winston, where Katie and I pretended like the rocks on our fingers were Harry Winston’s. 😉
Before we knew it, our tour was coming to an end. But not before our tour guide gave away macaroons! And who won half of a box of macaroons by answering Gossip Girl questions correctly? That would be Katie and I. (I’m not sure if that’s awesome, or embarrassing.)
Once our tour was over, we ventured out to Times Square to enjoy a hot dog! When in New York.
We didn’t have anything planned before dinner, so we wandered into different shops and stores on Fifth Ave.
We walked into Banana Republic casually browsing when we happened to literally walk into SNL filming a skit (yes, we walked into the part of the store where they were filming…without realizing all of the cameras and lights. We’re observant.)
The skit we saw filmed was for the NuvaBling skit on the most recent SNL (you know, the one where JT Harlem Shaked it out in a vegan tofu costume?). The actress, Cecily Strong, was hilarious!
Katie and I were both hoping JT would bust out of the Banana Republic dressing room, or we’d at least spot Amy or Jason, but we’ll take what we can get. And spotting an SNL skit is pretty cool in our opinion. (Comparable to running into Jake Gyllenhaal on the street the last time I was in NYC)
Katie and I parted ways for dinner because I had a client dinner meeting and on my way to go change for it, I stopped to snag a picture of all these brave souls waiting on the streets for a ticket to see the SNL taping. I told them they were filming a skit at Banana Republic around the corner and a few people left to go check it out. Just helping one SNL fan out at a time.
We somehow ended up at the best place of the night – The Blind Tiger. We met some new friends in line for the bathroom, and enjoyed ourselves a couple Brooklyner Weisses…absolutely delicious. I will be searching for some-o-dat on my next beer-buying adventure.