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 “XOXO Gossip Girl.” This classic line is from one of America’s most popular television dramas, Gossip Girl, which is based on the book series written by Cecily Von Ziegesar. It has been eight years since the airing of the original series, but now Gossip Girl is back! 

While Serena van der Woodson and Blair Waldorf’s story ended about a decade ago, they remain as our beloved characters in the Gossip Girl fan’s heart. Right now, with the Gossip Girl reboot that premiered on July 8, Gossip Girl has finally found their spiritual descendants in a new generation of privileged teenagers. Gossip Girl 2.0 portrays the increasing omnipresence of social media and how it affects the lives of these teenagers. However, the reboot does not deviate far from the original series because of its continuation of the first storyline. It does however include a whole new cast, including Jordan Alexander, Emily Alyn Lind, and Thomas Doherty, and follows their millennial character arcs as they cope with this generation’s new Gossip Girl identity. No spoilers here — watch the pilot episode to find out the shocking new (and creative) identity of Gossip Girl! The episodes feature many of the same locations as the original series, such as the infamous hang-out spot on the Met Steps, but also feature new ones as well, such as Turkish Baths, and other novel locations in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. The reboot offers a look at this lavish, elite NYC society through a brand new Gen Z lens. 

But, let’s not forget our original series. Do you still remember what happened in the first season? Let’s do a quick recap! The original show started with the return of the “it girl” Serena van der Woodsen ( Blake Lively) from her mysterious absence. From there, she begins a subsequent reunion with her best friend Blair Waldorf ( Leighton Meester) and her mother Lily ( Kelly Rutherford), who are alarmed by her sudden return. She then meets Dan Humphrey ( Penn Badgley), a writer from Brooklyn who is also her secret unrequited suitor. An explosion of drama, uneasiness, and arguments upends the lives of these teenagers as Serena returns. Some restless and anxious while some contended by the arrival of some gossip, tea, and, of course, drama. With the storyline rolled out now, do you recall anything? Other characters who play an important role in the original series include Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr), and see if you can remember the others!

Are you someone who is a Gossip Girl fan or looking for NYC travel? Perhaps, you’re someone who is intrigued to experience the lives of these Manhattan elites? Check out the Gossip Girl  Tour, an exclusive tour only at On Location Tours. This tour allows anyone to experience the lives of Manhattan’s young elites from the original series in a guided bus tour. See more for yourself in this tour and the lavish life these young socialites lived! 

So what are some locations or sites you get to visit? 

  • Constance Billard & St. Jude’s schools
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar
  •  Empire Hotel
  • The Grand Central Terminal, and more! 
  • New York Palace Hotel
  • The Courtyard of The Palace
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Upper East Side (an area surrounded by 59th Street, 96th Street,
  • Central Park, and the East River.) 
  • Central Park 
  • Grand Army Plaza
  • Grand Army Plaza
  • Lincoln Center/New York State Theater
  • St.James Church 
  • Henri Bendel

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