Turn a corner and suddenly you’re on the set of “Sex and the City” or “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Walking down the street and realizing that a scene from your favorite TV show or movie was filmed there is part of the charm of old New York, New York.
As a fashion capital, the city has many iconic spots where the most memorable fashion films and shows were shot. Here are a few sites to visit if you want to feel a bit of Hollywood in New York.
Tiffany & Co. flagship
727 5th Ave.
Grab a pastry from one of the vendors at The Plaza Food Hall and walk south a few blocks to have your own authentic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” moment outside the flagship luxury jewelry store. Wear a pair of black wayfarer shades and a little black dress to fully emulate Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly as she appeared in the opening credits of the movie.
Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment
64 Perry St.
In the hit TV show “Sex and the City,” Carrie Bradshaw, the fashion-forward sex columnist, lived in a brownstone on the Upper East Side, but the exterior shots of her apartment were filmed in the West Village. This landmark is worth visiting for anyone who appreciates a closet full of Manolos and Bradshaw’s unapologetically excessive style.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave.
No need to go inside of the colossal museum to experience the go-to lunch spot of Manhattan’s queen bee, Blair Waldorf. The preppy and polished character from “Gossip Girl” and her posse opted to look over their Upper East Side domain from the Met steps. Pay homage to Blair’s signature look and wear a headband.
The Pond in Central Park
Near East Dr. and E. 61 St.
This popular spot in the park is also the site of the urban jungle fashion shoot scene in “The Devil Wears Prada.” While there won’t be any models dressed like zebras or gazelles (but who knows? It is New York), you will probably be greeted by some pigeons, ducks and possibly turtles — urban jungle, indeed. But go ahead and have your own photo shoot, with the city in the background and the lush trees of Central Park surrounding you. This is a truly picturesque spot.
Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport
89 South St.
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen sure did cover a lot of ground in “Annie Hall,” so there are plenty of locations all over the city that appeared in the movie. This especially scenic setting, on the pier with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, is where their characters Annie and Alvy share a kiss. While it isn’t an overtly fashion-focused film, Keaton’s character sets a prime example of how to dress androgynously.
Used for the exterior shots of Monk’s Diner where Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer would grab a coffee in “Seinfeld,” this Upper West Side establishment continues to serve classic diner food. Seinfeld and the crew may not be the most stylish bunch, but it’s impossible not to appreciate each character’s signature style — Jerry’s dad jeans, Elaine’s floral dresses, George’s plaid button downs and Kramer’s Hawaiian shirts.
A version of this article appeared in the Sunday, Aug. 27 print edition. Email Sophie Shaw at [email protected]