Month: April 2011

Sex & the City Filming Locations

Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are four fashionistas whose fabulous lives are idolized by women all over the world.

Yes friends, Sex & the City is one of New York City’s most iconic television series turned movies. If you’d like to visit locations where Carrie and her crew hung out, now’s your chance to take your own TV and movie tour!

Throughout your double-decker bus tour, hop-off at these locations:

1. The Chrysler Building

405 Lexington Ave, NYC – Though the Empire State Building is the most recognized NYC skyscraper, the Chrysler Building gets more than it’s 15 minutes of fame in the Sex & the City opening credits. In one memorable moment, Carrie shouted to Big: “You can’t leave New York! You’re the Chrysler Building! The Chrysler Building would be all wrong in a vineyard!

Stop # 17 – Uptown Loop

2. Carrie Bradshaw’s Brownstone

66 Perry St, West Village, NYC – Carrie Bradshaw’s brownstone feels a lot like home to many of us Sex & the City fans. Though in the show it says Carrie lives in the Upper East Side, the front stoop was actually filmed in the West Village.

Stop #7 – Downtown Loop

3. Magnolia Bakery

401 Bleecker St, West Village – Magnolia Bakery was the sugary location where Carrie filled Miranda in on her big crush for Aidan. Make sure to visit and order a few of the pink frosted chocolate cupcakes, rightfully called the  “Carrie”.

Stop #7 – Downtown Loop

4. The Central Park Boathouse

Central Park, NYC – Standing near the edge of The Boathouse dock, Carrie and Big accidentally fall into the pond in their dress clothes. Oopsy!

Stop # 25, 36 – Uptown Loop

5. St. Marks Comics

11 St Marks Place, East Village, NYC – Carrie meets Wade, a fun comic book-loving guy who happens to live with his parents in their NYC apartment. At first Carrie enjoys his mom’s hospitality, but eventually gets freaked out when his parents discover the couple having a little too much fun.

Stop #14 – Downtown Loop

From the flirty fashion, to the rocky relationships, Sex & the City is one of NYC’s finest television series and films.

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Gray Line New York’s Foursquare Day VIP Bus

On 4/16/2011, thirty tech-savvy New Yorkers checked into Foursquare Day NYC on the ‘Gray Line New York 4sqDay VIP Bus’.

Foursquare Day NYC was organized by Will Kievit, an IT project leader for GE’s Information Management Leadership Program, and Shannon May, the Community Manager at Gray Line New York.

Over 200 attendees checked-in at SideBAR for the event, including foursquare co-founders, Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadura. Despite the unfortunate monsoon outside Saturday night, everyone had a blast!

Sponsors included some of our favorite brands, including Pretzel Crisps and Tasti  D-Lite.

When guests stepped on board the bus, they were each instantly greeted with frozen, low-calorie Tasti Sandwiches from Tasti D-Lite Times Square which Bill Warshaw, the manager, graciously donated.

Did you know with your 1st foursquare check-in at Tasti D-Lite Times Square, you receive a free upgrade to the next larger size on any product or a free topping? Mmm count us in.

Make sure to pop by Tasti D-Lite at 1588 Broadway in order to receive this yummy deal!

Pretzel Crisps also donated 50 “swag bags” of their delicious Everything Flavor Pretzel Crisps exclusively for the VIPs on board the bus.

Have you ever tried Pretzel Crisps? Just imagine an everything flavor bagel and crunchy pretzel combined into one– seriously delish!

Throughout the trip to SideBAR, tour guide Danny shared  interesting facts about the city while each VIP checked in on foursquare.

SoChel” (South Chelsea) was one of the many venues that VIP’s checked into in hopes of unlocking the Swarm Badge. Make sure to check-in at SoChel if you’re ever in the neighborhood!

So now you may be wondering… who is the mayor of the 4sqDay VIP Bus? This guy.

Thank you again to all of the VIP’s who took our tour!

Click here to learn more about foursquare Day.

Click here to check-in at the Gray Line New York Visitor Center on foursquare.

Check Into 4sqDay with Gray Line New York and Pretzel Crisps

Want to be VIP the entire night of 4sqDay NYC?

Gray Line New York, the classic double-decker tour bus company in NYC is sponsoring 50 VIP’s a FREE ride to SideBar this Saturday night at 6:30pm.

The first 50 people to email 4sqDayNYC@gmail.com will be VIP the entire night and also receive exclusive FREE swag from Pretzel Crisps & other sponsors.

If you want to sign up both you and your friends, please provide their full names so we can have a complete list of who’s boarding the bus.

VIP Status Includes:
* FREE Gray Line New York Double-Decker Bus ride from Times Square to SideBar
* FREE Pretzel Crisps Swag Bag filled with tons of goodies
* 50+ Swarm Badge IF everyone checks-in at “Gray Line New York’s 4sqDay VIP Bus”

A red, double-decker bus with a tour guide is much better than a subway or taxi, right? 😉;)

Date: This Saturday, April 16th
Pickup Time: 6:30pm
Pickup Location: 7th Ave between 53rd and 54th Street

**Please note, if you email us, you MUST be able to attend the VIP ride at 6:30pm this Saturday, 4/16. Although the actual SideBar event takes place at 7pm, the Gray Line New York bus will board VIP’s at 6:30pm. If it’s raining, no worries! The double-decker bus will have a covered roof.

Click here to RSVP for 4sqDay NYC on Facebook.

Learn more about 4SQDay here.

Filming Locations for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Although it’s somewhat embarrassing to admit, Home Alone is seriously one my favorite movies of all time. How can you go wrong with Christmas music, two goofy bandits and a hilarious family all wrapped into one?

Remember when youngster Kevin McCallister accidentally winds up in New York City for Christmas in Home Alone 2?

Here are 3 film locations to hop-off at during the Uptown or Downtown Tours:

1. The Plaza Hotel

Kevin spent a few infamous nights here all thanks to his dad’s credit card. From the cheese pizza to the shower scene, this is one of our favorite filming locations from Home Alone 2.

Stop #19 on the Downtown Loop.

Stop #38 on the Uptown Loop.

2. Rockefeller Center

Spoiler alert! At the end of the movie, Kevin and his mom finally reunite at the magical Rockefeller Christmas Tree. After Thanksgiving, you can experience this incredible site for yourself! Aside from Christmas Time, 30 Rock is a great place to people watch and grab a yummy lunch from the many street vendors.

Stop # 18 on the Downtown Loop.

3. Bethesda Fountain

Escaping and pranking “The Wet Bandits” is what makes the Home Alone series an instant classic. After the two bandits spot Kevin outside of a toy shop, they run towards the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

Stops #25, 36 – 38 on the Uptown Loop.

Stop #19 on the Downtown Loop.

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Do you have a film location you’d like for us to find along our tour bus route? Let us know in the comment section above.

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