About Gossip Girl Sites Tour – On Location Tours
You’ve secretly loved Chuck from the beginning, partied like Serena last weekend, are wearing Anna Sui right now and can spot a striped Henri Bendel bag from three blocks away. You’re also a devoted Gossip Girl fan lusting for a taste of the Manhattan socialite life. On Location’s Gossip Girl Sites Tour is an up-close-and-sartorial look at the hot fashion and intrigue of Gossip Girl, a popular TV series that focuses on the dramas, money and lives of a pack of young socialites coming of age in New York. Tour participants are guided through Manhattan on a chartered bus (complete with TV screens rolling clips from the show) to shop, snack, play trivia games and see some of the luxe locations featured on Gossip Girl.
Based on the best-selling novels by real-life socialite Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl made its television debut in 2007. An instant hit with teens (the show has a gilt mantle full of Teen Choice Awards), the series scandalized many adults for its depiction of bed-hopping high schoolers. Gossip Girl won over more adult viewers than it alienated, however, as women and fashion junkies tuned in for their new, post-Sex and the City-era guilty pleasure. The show launched the careers of many of its leading men and women, and made stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley real-life gossip fodder in the pages of People, Star and Us magazines.
Kicking off at the New York Palace Hotel (home to Serena herself), Gossip Girl Sites starts on swank Madison Avenue and charts a course north, taking you to the upper crust’s stomping grounds on the Upper East Side. Featured show locations include the steps where the girls eat their lunch each day, the apartment where Nate dines with his parents, Blair’s apartment, the lavish candy store frequented by Dan, the NYU dorm where the college crowd lives, Serena’s favorite shopping spot and the church where Blair ends up wearing that killer wedding dress. Specific New York hotspots include Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, The Carlyle Hotel, Central Park, The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt Museum and The Russian Tea Room.
No Gossip Girl tour would be complete without stops to shop, so come armed with daddy’s credit card (or, you know, your own money) for snacks at Dylan’s Candy Bar – the world’s largest candy store, owned by Dylan Lauren (the daughter of Ralph Lauren) – and splurges at Henri Bendel, that famed luxury department store that sells everything from rock-sized diamonds to Blair’s $800 headbands (yes, really). The tour also features several short trips off the bus on foot, like the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for photos, so be sure to put on a picture perfect outfit – just make sure it’s one you can comfortably walk the length of a department store in.
Approximately three hours
Good for kids?
Yes and no. Gossip Girl never gets racier than your average PG-13 film when it comes to bad language or nudity. But the show is scintillating enough to have earned the ire of The Parents Television Council, and its plot lines are almost always driven by the characters’ bedding habits. If you allowed your children to watch the show, feel confident in letting them take the tour. There’s nothing more threatening to see here than a few benign clips from the show itself and an outrageous price tag or two.
Did you know?
Madison Avenue, where you’ll start your tour, is the most expensive street to shop on in the entire United States.
The Gossip Girl Sites tour was almost a movie tour. Gossip Girl was originally pitched as a movie starring Lindsay Lohan as Serena.
Gossip Girl Sites - On Location Tours Location Information:
The New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Ave. (between 50th & 51st St.)
New York, NY 10022
Tour Begins: The New York Palace Hotel (between 50th and 51st St.)
Nearest Subway: 6 at 51st St.; E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.
Tour Ends: Grand Central Station
Nearest Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7, and S to Grand Central - 42nd St.
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