This July me and my cousin went on a week long trip to the Big Apple. As both of us used to be big Gossip Girl fans while it aired, we figured it would be cool to stay at the Empire Hotel and check out some famous tv spots while we where there. The hotel wasn’t more costly than other, less decent, hotels in the city.
PS: A guided Gossip Girl (or any other TV tour) costs around $50. They can be well saved by good planning… and shoes. We saw at least five locations from Gossip Girl just by strolling around on Manhattan, as most of the outdoor scenes are filmed close to the Upper East side.
Empire Hotel is the hotel owned by Chuck Bass and his father on the show. It lies on the Upper West side (63rd St.) close to Central Park, making it a good spot to stay in general while visiting. While the hotel exterior was shown a lot in the series, in certain episodes you could also see the original rooftop and bar/lobby area. It’s not difficult to notice that Chuck Bass’ apartment interior is based on the original interior. Loads of black, gold, red and orange details that suits his character.
We got a good view from our room towards Columbus St. and Lincoln Sq.
Upper East Side is the main area for most daily activites on the show. When you walk up 5th Avenue by Central Park you will see the famous Plaza Hotel (which is also famous from Home Alone 2), Tiffany’s (a shop both Blair Waldorf and her idol Audrey Hepburn loves) the Archibal residence, Metropolitan Museum of Arts (where Queen B and her minions are often seen sitting on the steps) and of course Miss Queen B herself, Blair Waldorf’s apartment.
The Waldorf apartment might be hard to notice at first, since it looks like any other residence on the Upper East side. Taking a closer look you will of course notice the house numer alongside the famous extended roof top on the left side. Not really a noticeable NY spot to visit unless you are a fan of the show.
The Archibald residence is a bit more noticeable than the former as it sticks out with it’s nice and colorful fasade between a row of “grey” houses. Also it’s not a hot spot if you are not a fan of the show, as it is just a regular residential area.
Metropolitan Museum of Arts is probably worth a visit for it’s art collection, but if you are just on your “tv tour” sitting on its steps will be enough to get the Gossip Girl feeling. Blair, Serena and their minions were often seen sitting there chatting with (and torturing) each other after school or between classes.
Plaza Hotel (lower Central Park corner, Upper East side) was used early in season one when Blair and Serena had a photoshoot outside at the fountain. Its exterior was also used again in the end of season two when Chuck declared his love for Blair. I recommend you to check out the hotel interior also. Very classy! PS: For most of you the hotel is well known from Home Alone 2. Crossing the street you will also find the famous Tiffany’s store from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn. Blair Waldorf is seen recreating this scene in one of her dreams.
A few of my pictures (like this one) were taken in February 2014. Sense the warm clothing.
New York Palace Hotel is where Serena and her family live for a long period on the show. It’s a beaufitul, old fashioned hotel on 455 Madison Avenue. It’s well worth to take a look inside if you like a bit of classical style.
Grand Central Terminal was used in the very first scene of the show, when Serena arrived back at New York after some time abroad. It’s worth a visit for tourists in general as it is one of the worlds most renowned rail stations.
The Hamptons are a group of villages on the outer coast of New York. In this area you find luxurious homes and beach resorts, and it’s a place that both celebrities and people in general go to find peace or stay at the beach. We went to Southampton with the Hampton Luxury Liner bus, which took us 2 hours. It’s a really beautiful area and it’s quite interesting to see all the lovely homes which most of us have only seen on films. Gossip Girl filmed their first episodes of season 2 here. It’s also used been featured in movies and shows like “Wall Street”, “Something gotta give”, “Girls”, “Orange is the New Black” and “Sex and the City”.