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I found the Sex and the City Secrets at the New York Public Library

Hey Cuties,

We are fresh off of a winter snow storm fail here in the DC area and so I officially quit winter. Before I wash my hands of it 100% I had to share my trip to the New York Public Library. It was a freezing cold day and multiple layers were very necessary. I am a huge Sex and the City (SATC) lover and so this tickled my fancy a bit more than the average person.  For those in the cheap seats who have never seen the movie Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) had an elaborate wedding planned at the New York Public Library. (Spoiler Alert) In the movie you see her discover the location and then jilted on her wedding day.

New York Public Library

New York Public Library: 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

I entered the library just for adventure sake; I didn’t do any research I just walked in. I was greeted by security which I’d never seen at a library but whateve this is New York. I had to have my bag checked and everything. Now I live in DC and I know our security is a bit different than most but this one took the cake for me. Leave your weapons at home honey, they will find them.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. DC wins the prize with Library of Congress being the largest in the states. The structure is massive and so I totally understand why so many people usher in and out of the library at such a high volume. The library is no stranger to the camera as it has been featured in several movies such as:

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • In The Wiz (1978), Dorothy and Toto happen on it; one of the stone lions comes to life and joins them on their journey out of Oz.
  • It is featured prominently in Ghostbusters (1984), when three of the main characters encounter the ghost of librarian Eleanor Twitty. Her origins and the library’s prominence are explored in the video game sequel, Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
  • The Time Machine (2002)
  • It is the setting for apocalyptic science fiction film The Day After Tomorrow (2004).
  • NYPL is featured in the film version of Sex and the City (2008) as the location of Carrie and Mr. Big’s wedding.
  • NYPL is featured in Oblivion (2013), starring Tom Cruise, shown as a rubble remnant of post-Apocalypse war.
New York Public Library

Sitting on the steps

I totally squealed a bit; with so much going on in the library the step area is hardly quiet. People were kind and allowed me to snap picture after picture.

New York Public Library

Mi & The Style Medic

Because The Style Medic is my spirit animal she totally understood and shared my excitement.

New York Public Library

Scene in Sex and the City

The steps I’m sitting on are the steps shown on the left of this picture. This is as far as Carrie went for the wedding.

New York Public Library

Library Exhibit

Since I was here I wanted to explore and see what else they had to offer. I didn’t do a full tour because this place is huge. It is quite impressive though; I would so plan a wedding here.

New York Public Library

Taking it all in

Because culture

New York Public Library

2017 Resolutions Exhibit

We stumbled upon this 2017 Resolutions exhibit wall situation. Once upon a time they had sticky notes for you to use to write down your own. They were out and that isn’t something I carry on me so I couldn’t add my own to the wall.

New York Public Library

2017 Resolutions

Despite not being able to add my own there were some that spoke to me. I was in total and complete agreement. I too am choosing to keep pursuing my goals & happiness.

New York Public Library

2017 Resolutions Exhibit

There were tons of them. I love things like this; we were caught up in reading them. Some were sad, some were funny, some were bold and some were straight up vulgar. I was amused and inspired at the same time.  I will go back and check out some of the other areas I didn’t get to see.

One of my trips to NY I’m going to plan out a full on Sex and the City Tour because I love stuff like that. They also filmed at Cafeteria and I’ve been there plenty of times.

New York Public Library Sex and the City

Are you a Sex and the City fan? Have you been to any of the places they’ve filmed? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Tanya Barnett

    Great pics Mimi! I never saw Sex in the City….Looks like you had a great time.

  2. Keisha Adinkra

    Not a fan of the show but I get all the references and can totally see why people love it. I’m planning a trip to NY this summer I’ll definitely try to get to this library to check it out. The resolutions wall looks super cool thanks for sharing!

  3. Daria

    I’ve never seen it, but I have friend girls that have raved it about one time or another. I love the 2017 Resolution Exit. It is so neat. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Eva

    How neat! I need to revisit the movie – I have forgotten it completely, but I know I have the DVD’s around here somewhere! Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  5. Tonia @TheChattyMomma

    Well this looks like fun. I haven’t been to the library in NYC yet. I’m rolling over the security. Sounds like Fort Knox. I’m sure it’s a good thing though. With all those movies being filmed there I sure they get all kinds of visitors.

  6. Elle Em

    So cool and iconic. My friends and I use to really enjoy this show when we were in college. It would have been hilarious if you whipped out a glitter pack of sticker notes. Not sure if they have a bedazzled version, but they totally should.

  7. robin masshole mommy

    I went in there one of the first times I was ever in NYC, but for a completely different reason – Ghostbusters opening scene was shot there LOL 🙂

  8. Katie Kinsley

    The New York public library is so iconic. It has such amazing architectural detailing and is so beautiful.

  9. Mars

    Sex And the City is one of my favorites. I love Carrie and the other girls.

  10. lisa

    I want to check out the New York library! I loved the wedding (that didn’t happen) scene from Sex and the City. This library looks amazing.

  11. Danik

    I am so passing this to my partner in crime as she loves the show. Not sure if I would ever visit places of the hit show mind you… 😛

  12. Pam Wattenbarger

    I have been to NYC several times but I have never been to the public library. I remember it from Ghostbusters though!

  13. Kasi

    Love it, looks like you had so much fun! I love NYC and SATC!

  14. Carissa

    I absolutely LOVE NYC!!! And I can’t wait to go back!!! I would’ve loved this tour since I loved Sex in the City!!! I heard there is a third movie coming and I cant wait.

  15. Jacqui S

    I have been to NYC many times, and have YET to go to the library! I have to make that part of my tour when I’m back up there. I love that resolutions wall!

  16. Jamie

    I’m not a big Sex in the City fan but I have the same fangirl personality – I would totally freak out at some of the locations where my favorite shows/movies were filmed! BTW – that library is gorgeous! My inner bookworm is totally jealous of you right now!

  17. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    I never knew any of this about the NY Public Library. And with the way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if they started checking bags everywhere we go…

  18. Lauren

    Very cool. I have visited libraries in other countries but for some reason never really crossed my mind when I’ve been in New York. I’ll have to add it to my list.

  19. Shellz

    I’ve been to that library and it feels like you can spend days there! I really like the Resolutions Wall, this was HOTT!!!

  20. Miriam T.

    Thanks for sharing your trip to the NYPL. I had no idea it was so large and that it was featured in so many films. It must’ve been great to see the scenes you recognized from the movie.

  21. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I can’t believe so many great films have shot scenes at the the New York Public Library! That library is awesome. I’ve been there only once, but I would love to visit again if we get to New York sometime this year.

  22. Stephen

    I love New York so much! Really hope I get to go back again some time this year 🙂

  23. David Elliott

    My ex was a big sex and the city fan so I have watched all of the seasons, although I never saw any of the big screen releases. And as a librarian I would really love to visit that library. Looks amazing.

  24. Sasha

    Love this! It’s been years since I’ve seen that. This is so cool.

  25. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I’ve been to the NY Public Library before. It’s such an amazing NYC landmark and it was so much fun walking around. I never knew all the places mentioned in Sex and the City.

  26. Donna Shana

    Very cool. That wedding scene and episode broke my heart. And I loved the resolution exhibit. Very neat. Seems like you had a ball.

  27. Heather

    I would love to go to the New York public library. I bet it’s just chalked full of history. I’m glad things are written in cursive by most adults. I wouldn’t want my kids reading the vulgar stuff.

  28. rika

    I love the show… I have never been to NYC.. I’d love to explore the city and visit this library.

  29. Mars

    Loved this of movie. One of my favorites!

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