It’s been years since Gossip Girl ended, but the show lives on! Mainly because I keep on re-watching it every time I come to its end on Netflix. But anyway…
This week I found myself enjoying a 5 day trip to New York City. I’ve visited the city a few times before, in fact, this was my 5th visit. So I decided to see some sights that weren’t really well… ‘sights’ they were Gossip Girl landmarks.
I’d love to share with you my guide to the Gossip Girl filming locations for NYC. If you’re ever in the city and pass any the steps of the Met, I dare you to have a GG moment.
Constance Billard & St. Judes
Sadly, not a real school in reality. The iconic school for these bitchy teenagers is actually the Museum of the City of New York. It costs $18 for an adult entry to the Museum if you’re particularly interested in learning about NYC.
📍 Find it at: 1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St
Ah, Lonely Boy, you weren’t really so poor after all were you? With the average rental price in DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, btw) being around $2500 the Humprey’s were never really shy of cash.
The filming location for the Humphrey’s gorgeous loft apartment (which was described like it was a hovel during the series) can be found on Water St.
📍 Find it at: 455 Water Street, Apartment #6, Brooklyn
Brooklyn was also home to a few revelations in the show. Namely, when Chuck tells Blair to meet him at the top of the Empire State, Blair realises that Chuck is the one for her at the exact location above and you can also spot the Empire State through the arches of Manhattan Bridge.
📍 Find it at: The Intersection of Washington St and Front St., Brooklyn
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
The steps of the Met may as well be Blair Waldorf’s throne. Known as the ‘hang-out’ spot for the Queen of Constance and her minions. The rule is, no one can sit higher on the steps than the Queen. And you’ll pay in yogurt if you do.
📍 Find it at: 1000 5th Ave, Manhattan
Grand Central Terminal
Where it all began. Grand Central terminal is the location for the first scene in the entire show and it’s where Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey, spots that his crush Serena Van Der Woodsen is back in NYC. Don’t forget to visit the Whispering Gallery in the terminal, where you can stand at opposite ends of the arches as a friend and whisper in the walls to one another (something to do with the architecture carrying the sound!)
📍 Find it at: 89 E 42nd St
The Empire Hotel
Chuck Basses empire is a real empire! You can stay in the hotel for a neat £148 per night. It’s on the Upper West side right next to Central Park, but it does only have a 3.9 star rating on Google. Maybe Chuck needs to step up his game?
📍 Find it at: 44 West 63rd Street, Upper West Side,
The Archibald Townhouse
In the first couple of seasons we find Nate Archibald in and out of his prestigious town house in Manhattan due to financial troubles after his father is convicted of embezzlement and fraud.
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📍 Find it at: 4 E 74th Street, New York
The Van Der Woodsen Apartment
The Van Der Woodsen apartment which Cece Rhodes bought for Lily and William Van Der Woodsen ‘for tax purposes’ isn’t on the Upper East Side. But the Milan Condo’s are exceptionally luxurious nonetheless.
📍 Find it at: 300 East 55th Street as the Milan Condominiums
I hope you enjoyed my guide to the Gossip Girl filming locations. I’ll be in Sri Lanka in a couple of weeks so expect a lot more beachy travel related content. Can’t wait! You know you love me, XOXO.