Job Perks: Sex And the City Tour

by Jackie D on November 8, 2014

sex and the city tour
So I’m basically a TV show fangirl, and one of my favorite shows is Sex and the City. Another of my favorite shows is Breaking Bad, and another is The X-Files — I’m telling you this so that you can appreciate the variety and sophistication of my taste in television before we continue with this post.

With that settled, let’s talk about the tour. It was a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, and I was accompanied by one of my dear friends from college (and fellow SATC expert). My favorite part of the tour was learning so many fun facts about the different neighborhoods of New York City (especially since I still haven’t lived here that long and still have so much to learn. Basically soaking up all of the NYC trivia I can get at this point).

I’m going to give you a sampling of some of these facts, but I don’t want to give away all of the tour’s secrets so I’ll just start with 7. The tour is about 3.5 hours long, so you can imagine how much more delicious NYC and SATC trivia comes along with it (speaking of delicious: cupcakes and cosmopolitans also make an appearance).
sex and the city tour7. Friends, Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Don’t Trust the B**** In Apartment 23 — all of these were set in NYC, but none were actually filmed here (the tour guides can name even more shows — Staci, my tour guide, rattled off at least a dozen). Sex and the City was unique in that it was actually filmed on the streets of New York. Since I’ve learned this I’ve been closely examining anything I watch that’s set in New York to see if I can tell the difference. Getting pretty good at it.

*Fun fact: Law & Order SVU is also filmed on the streets of New York, because obviously Mariska Hargitay can do no wrong. In Mariska we trust.

6. The brown street signs in Greenwich Village signify that a particular street is historically significant and therefore protected from development. That’s why everything in Greenwich Village is made of brick, isn’t very tall, and looks adorable.
nyc2 (1 of 1)-25. Bergdorf Goodman in NYC is the only Bergdorf Goodman in the world. Somehow this really really impressed me, even though when you think about it, it’s normal to have things that are the only one in the world: The Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the World’s Largest Bottle of Ketchup (Collinsville, Illinois). Some of the sales associates at this department store have been working there so long and make so many sales that they make six figures a year in commission alone. Why isn’t there a Devil Wears Prada-esque movie about this yet? Meryl?

4. Diane von Furstenburg lives above her store in the Meatpacking District. Diane von Furstenburg: I have found you.

3. So you know how you can buy a strap-on? You can also buy other parts of male anatomy to, you know, attach places. The Pleasure Chest has an excellent array of options if that’s your thing or if you want to start your Christmas shopping. (It’s also where you can find the infamous “Rabbit” vibrator. Merry Christmas to us all!)
sex and the city tour2. I’m really good at SATC trivia. I answered one of the hardest questions at the end of the tour and everyone was really impressed (I assume). I could also quote every scene they played on the little TVs inside the bus as we were driving from location to location.

1. The tour gives an excellent overview of some of NYC’s most popular and photogenic neighborhoods — Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Meatpacking District, for starters. The city really is the star of this show and you have to admit — whether or not you love Carrie Bradshaw — it’s difficult not to get caught up in the passion she feels for the city, the coziness of her little apartment that she would in no way be able to realistically afford, and all of those “perfect New York nights” you can imagine yourself having with your girlfriends.

You can find out more about the Sex and the City tour here. Thanks to On Locations for the complimentary tour & delicious cupcake, and thanks to my friend Caroline for the recommendation! 

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The Weekly 7: October 19

by Jackie D on October 19, 2014

Thanks to my job and this blog I spend a lot of time on the Internet every week. The Weekly 7 is a list of some of the things I’m currently loving, articles I’ve read, awesome things I’ve found on Pinterest, etc, during the week. Sometimes I’ll throw in a photo or two of things I did during the 5 seconds I wasn’t actually on the Internet. Sometimes.10744769_10103063856668503_1104267160_n1. Found out I get to go to Montreal & Toronto in November for work. I will literally be in each city for like 24 hours so I am planning a precise route through each using Pinterest and a calculator. Suggestions welcome.
2. New favorite tumblr is called “Drunk J Crew.” Pretty mad I didn’t think of it first.
3. “Obsessions are the only things that matter.”Patricia Highsmith
4. I donated to Kickstarter for the first time! I’m supporting Vela as they support female writers. They rule, go check them out.
5. I’ve gone through 5 books in the past few weeks, yikes. A sampling: #Girlboss, Where’d You Go Bernadette, and book 2 of this super nerdy but great graphic novel series I adore — Y: The Last Man (it’s about all men on earth dying mysteriously at the same exact time. It’s a comedy.)
6. Trying to get anyone at Staples to make a massive engineer print of the French Riviera for me so that I can jazz it up like this but they keep refusing to do it. Long story. No happy ending.
7. Today I had my first lazy Sunday in months — went to a sample sale with my roommate and then watched a large amount of Netflix in bed. Usually I have no shame when it comes to Netflix, but I’m actually a bit ashamed to tell you how much I’ve watched today. In my defense, a large part of it involved Nora Ephron.

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How to Decide Where To Go Next: Finland

by Jackie D on October 15, 2014

map of finlandUsually my next travel destination comes to me through something I’ve read. Mexico was on my mind after reading Martha Gellhorn’s biography, and a few months after finishing the book I visited Mexico twice. I forget where I read something about Colorado Springs – I think it was someone else’s blog – but one mention of the Garden of the Gods later, I was convinced, and I booked the plane ticket.

My plan to visit my sister in Africa in 2015 was thwarted by Ebola (as was my sister’s entire five-year plan, pretty much) so now I’m not sure what to do with my 2015. Selfishly I’m glad that my sister is back home in LA now (sans Ebola), but it still would have been incredible to explore a new part of the world with her.

I already know what I’m doing for year 2065, at least – I’m going to Antarctica. I recently finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette (hilarious read), and it made Antarctica seem even better than I always imagined it could be, so I’ve started a coin jar in the hopes I can save the $20,000 in 50 years. That’s a little more than a dollar a day, right? Math? Dad: help.

The current forerunner for 2015 is Finland to see the Northern Lights. When I first started working at as a travel consultant in Chicago a few years ago, I used any spare moment to scan the website’s little travel guides about the European countries I knew so little about – the Balkans region and Scandinavia were of particular interest to me. Finland especially seemed so weird and far away — I imagined it being covered in snow no matter the time of year, but with an eternal sunny glow rather than the gloomy darkness typical of a Finnish winter. It’s the “home” of Santa Claus, you can actually eat reindeer over a bonfire in the forest, and there is a train called the Tolstoy that travels from Helsinki over to St. Petersburg in Russia. How is Finland a real place?

Recently I was reminded of Finland and its bizarre, fabulous quirks when I was looking for a link to add to a blog post and I came across a Pinterest photo of these little hotels shaped like igloos with glass ceilings. I saw it and I was actually pretty upset because immediately I knew: Well crap, now I have to go see what this is about.

Currently I am trying to negotiate the handful of problems with this plan: snow (read: is the snow portion something I can opt out of?); getting to the igloos (they are located way up in the middle of nowhere in Finland, which really says something, because Finland itself is the middle of nowhere); and the cost of the igloos (I am willing to invest in a once in a lifetime experience, but I also need to invest in rent).

This is the problem with reading too much — you discover all the weird, wonderful things that are out there just beyond your reach. I guess the moral of the blog post today is that we should all stop reading things immediately and completely. Stop reading everything. Reading leads to wanting things. Reading is evil. Down with reading.

…. this took a bewildering turn.

(Here’s where that awesome map comes from!)

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