A gossip girl inspired guide to NYC


I loved Gossip Girl.

Blair, Serena, Chuck, Nate and Dan were my everything. Judge all you want, but for years, no one was allowed to talk to me between 8-9pm on Mondays and the CW Network was all I needed to be happy.

So when a co-worker and I were planning a trip to New York, naturally this came up. And thank god he was so supportive and not judgmental. In his own words (and I promise, I did not bribe him or emotionally blackmail him to say this), “it made the trip more fun because now we have a goal to see everything.”

And I do believe that. I think the best trips are when you make it your own.

Of course there is also the Gossip Girl Tour but if you want to save yourself $50 to see things for free, here is budget friendly GG tour.

DISCLAIMER: Lot’s of spoilers in this post if you haven’t seen the whole series. And if you need a little help, scenes are linked.

1. Accommodation

Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Central Park: Terrace Dr, New York

And with AirBnB, this makes it so much easier. Sure, the New York Palace Hotel and Empire are always options, but nothing beats a cozy apartment in the UES.

2. Class is in session


Or at least where they filmed the entrance shots. Queen S and B ruled, so you either had to “Bow down, or bow out.”

3. Lunch time.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Ave, New York

Ahhhh the Met. A classic. Dare sit on a step higher than Queen B and S? Well, “looks like you’ve got a lot of yogurt left.”

  • Get there early. The Met is obviously one of the most popular places in New York and it can get quite busy. To capture the entire Met (and really showcase it in a photo) you will need to take it from further away. The less people, the less distracting.
  • For further authenticity, grab some food! I highly recommend Pick a Bagel on 77th E.. It was right near my AirBnB and we went back every single day because it was too good. It’s also close to the Met so you can walk there after picking up your food. No minion can be caught eating a vendor hot dog on the steps of the Met….that’s almost as bad as wearing last season’s Tory Burch flats. Queen B would not approve.
  • Lastly, this goes without saying but headband required

4. Train Stop.

Grand Central Terminal: 89 E. 42nd St, New York

Serena at Grand Central. The moment that started it all.
Who is she? And where has she been? Now that’s a secret I’ll never tell…
Did I mention my travel buddy was so extremely supportive of all the crazy things I wanted to do? So when I wanted to take pictures in Grand Central, he asked to see the photo of Serena at Grand Central from that first day…..so I could copy the pose. Dying.

5. Dinner + Drinks

Empire Hotel: 44 W 63rd St, New York

Empire Hotel: 44 W 63rd St, New York

Now, I’ll admit this wasn’t high on my list initially because I thought it might be made up. We ended up stumbling upon it completely by accident! Who says no to drinks at the Empire? Especially when Chuck Bass is on the menu.

6. An Evening to Remember

Empire State Building: 350 5th Ave, New York

Empire State Building: 350 5th Ave, New York

The Ultimatum. The pink petunias. The heartbreak as we all saw Little J enter Chuck’s hotel room. I’d like to think I was not the only one that night screaming “Nooooooo” at the TV and ready to throw something at the screen.

7. Three words, 8 letters.

Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Central Park: Terrace Dr. New York

Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, Central Park: Terrace Dr, New York

Feeding ducks at the pond, the walks, and the wedding that made you believe in the true love of C & B.

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