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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at
Published March 22nd 2011
It goes without saying that there is always something fun, unique and exciting to do in the City That Never Sleeps. Whether you're lucky enough to live in New York, or like me, a regular visitor and TV Show/Movie junkie, everyone should at least once take a tour with On Location Tours.

On Location is a very professional company that does much more than just drive you around the most filmed city in the world. From the moment you board the spacious, air conditioned coach, there's an air of fun and excitement. The tour directors are all actors, comedians or in show business in some way, and they fulfil their promise of making you feel part of the show or movie.

First a little background on the company. On Location Tours, Inc., founded in June 1999 was formerly known as Scene on TV Tours. It's the brainchild of Georgette Blau, who discovered upon moving to the Upper East Side, that she lived near the Jeffersons. She operated New York's first TV and movie locations tour from a rented van.
Georgette Blau

These days the business has become so popular it includes the famous Sex & the City Hotspots Tour, The Sopranos Sites Tour, a Central Park Movie Sites Walking Tour, Gossip Girl Sites Tour , and a Classic New York Movie Sites Tour.

You'll be shown sites from such shows as Friends, Ugly Betty, Ghostbusters and Seinfeld. Movies, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Godfather, Manhattan and Superman. All you have to do is choose which tour to take - or even take them all.

The first time I visited New York in November 2008, I took two of my daughters on the "Sex and The City Hotspots" tour. I found it a fabulous way to get to know the city a little better, with the added delight of feeling as though we were extras in our favourite TV show.

The booking and payment process by phone and credit card was easy. We were asked to join the tour at the Plaza Hotel (where Carrie Bradshaw said goodbye to Mr. Big) in front of the Pulitzer Fountain.

Our tour guide Amy was entertaining and welcoming, first asking the almost exclusively female group to admit to which of the four SATC ladies we identified with. From that ice-breaking revelation it was an hilarious ride through the streets of Manhattan, passing their regular bars, favourite shopping venues, gossip spots and other key hotspots. We started on 5th Ave, driving past the jeweller where Charlotte picked her engagement ring, and past the quaint church where Samantha wooed "the Friar".
The "Church Around the Corner"

Obviously there can only be limited stops where you actually get off the bus. The first stop on the SATC tour is the Pleasure Chest (not safe for work) where Charlotte bought her "Rabbit".
The Pleasure Chest

Next port of call was the famous Magnolia bakery where we were treated to a fine selection of what they profess to be the best cupcakes in the world.
The best cupcakes in the world

And of course no SATC tour would be complete without a Cosmpolitan or two at the Scout bar, owned by Aidan and Steve. The bar is actually called O'Nieals, and is located in Soho.
Cosmopolitans at Scout's

On Location Tours are constantly adding to and expanding their range of tours, but the important thing is - you don't have to be a "tourist" to see the best the Big Apple has to offer.

Where: Near 5th Ave. and 58th St. (exact location given upon purchase)
When: 11am and 3pm daily
Cost: $42 $2 ticket fee
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours
To book by phone, call (212) 209-3370
Check out the full Tour Calendar
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Why? Because you don't have to be a tourist to enjoy everything New York City has to offer.
When: As per the calendar
Where: Manhattan, NY
Cost: Not expensive and worth every penny
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