Perry Street in New York’s West Village is tree-lined, mostly residential, and only six blocks long. It has a couple cute bars that make for nice first date spots and no shortage of brownstones to lust after #NYCGOALS. Most New Yorkers would just think of it as another Village street that’s easy to get lost on because it’s not numbered. Yet there is one trivia fact about Perry Street that makes it an ultimate destination for a niche NYC fandom…
On any given day, you’ll find crowds on this quiet New York City street photographing a building just off West 4th. Why??
No, it’s not Alexander Hamilton’s downtown home.
It’s not another addition to Taylor Swift’s real estate empire.
Not Melania Trumps safe house.
66 Perry Street is Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from the TV show Sex and the City.
Or at least it’s the exterior shot of her apartment, and unlike the Friends’ apartment, Sex and the City did shoot many scenes on this very street. The fictional character Carrie Bradshaw does NOT live in the West Village. She lives in the East 70s – the completely opposite side of Manhattan. Still, fans of the show come here every day to feel like their ultimate New York icon.
Ya, even I couldn’t resist!
Funny enough, when I ran into Sarah Jessica Parker who played Carrie, it was a mere 3 blocks from this building…sure blurs the lines of fiction and reality, doesn’t it?
Now, people actually live in this building and clearly don’t like the attention. They’ve strung a chain across the stairs to stop Bradshaw wannabes from sitting on them…
I couldn’t help but wonder…who are the people who Live at 66 Perry Street?
Have they lived in this building since the 90s, before Sex and the City ever appeared on HBO? Have they watched in horror as the internet allowed their beautiful brownstone to become a tourist destination? Do the inhabitants rent or own? Do they pay $750 a month like Carrie claimed to in season 4?
Did these mystery inhabitants move into 66 Perry as giant SATC fans? Was this their ultimate dream, living life as close to Carrie Bradshaw’s as you can get? Literally walking in her designer shoe footsteps? … Then over the years, as the crowds grew and tour buses started driving by, as the embarrassment of Sex and the City 2 movie sunk in….has the dream become a nightmare?
Do you like seeing NYC movie and TV locations? If you can’t get enough Sex and the City, there’s legit a 3.5 hour tour devoted to the show. I haven’t been on it, so I can’t vouch for it, but you can check it out here.