Once again the ladies of Sex and the City are headed to the big screen for the much-anticipated sequel to Sex and the City: The Movie. The film, released May 27th, 2010, once again stars all four women: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, and Kim Cattrall. It also includes the favorite leading men: Chris Noth as Mr. Big, Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt, David Eigenberg as Steve Brady, Willie Garson as Stanford Blatch, and last but not least, John Corbett as Aiden Shaw… a surprise to many! (especially Carrie)! The film is directed by Michael Patrick King, while the wardrobe that we all look forward to is once again designed by Patricia Field.
Sex and the City 2 officially began filming on September 1, 2009 and continued until the end of 2009. Of course Sex and the City would not be complete without its main Character: New York City! New locations from the second film have been added to our Sex and the City Hotspots Tour.
Your tour begins at the Pulitzer Fountain, located just outside the Plaza Hotel, the most filmed building in New York City. SATC2 also begins at the Plaza, with Carrie reminiscing about how she first met her three best friends (complete with flashbacks of their horrible 80’s fashion!).
The trio then makes their way to Bergdorf Goodman in order to shop for a wedding present for a very special couple. We’ll pass by this famous luxury department store on the tour.
As we head downtown on our tour, we’ll pass through gorgeous SoHo (“South of Houston”), where the girls did most of their shopping. After the tour, you’ll want to follow Carrie and Co.’s lead and explore the many boutiques located on West Broadway, Thompson and Wooest Street, between West Houston and Broome Streets. On our tour, you’ll get a shopping break in the West Village on Bleecker Street, where you’ll be able to visit Alexis Bittar’s boutique. His gorgeous jewelry was featured in SATC2.
Also in SoHo, we’ll see the storefront on West Broadway that will soon be Scavolini, an Italian kitchenware company. This space was converted to a coffee shop/cafe for the scene where Samantha asks the girls to go with her to Abu Dhabi.
On our tour through the trendy Meatpacking District, we’ll pass by the Matthew Williamson boutique. It was in this shop that Samantha picked out the dress that was “a little too young” for her for Smith Jerrod’s Heart of the Desert premiere… the dress that was also worn by Miley Cyrus at the same event! The fictional movie premiere was filmed at the famous Ziegfeld Theatre on West 54th Street. The after-party for the movie was filmed at the Upper West Side’s Empire Hotel on the twelfth-floor Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Gossip Girl fans will recognize this hotel as the one recently purchased by Chuck Bass!
SATC2 Locations not Seen on Tour
Unfortunately, there is no first class flight to Abu Dhabi on our tour, though actually the filming for the girls’ trip was actually done in Morocco over an 8-week period. Neither Dubai nor Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates would agree to SATC2 being filmed there (“Abu Dhabi was like: ‘You know, the UAE is not really ready to have four sexually liberated American girls filmed here,”‘ said Michael Patrick King), so filming was done in Morocco as a stand-in.
Carrie and Big’s new apartment is located at 2 East 63rd Street, where a fake awning was erected for the movie.
Big’s office is located in the Hogan and Hartson law offices on Third Avenue in Midtown.
The lobby of the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel got a fabulous makeover as Samantha’s office overlooking Times Square (where Samantha got caught with her panties down).
For over two months on a soundstage at Steiner Studio in Brooklyn, production designer Jeremy Conway and a crew of hundreds of carpenters, painters and craftspeople re-created the rustic Colonial courtyard of a quaint country inn — and then transformed that inn into an outrageous, snow-white, crystal-covered party for the wedding of Stanford and Anthony.
Be sure to hop on the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour with On Location Tours and get your dose of the four fabulous ladies. See sites from the television show, and both movies! Go to where the girls shop, eat, and play in the city they call home: Manhattan!
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
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