New York : The must-see places of Girls

Created, directed and starring Lena Dunham, only 24 years old at the time of season 1, the series Girls is about the transition from adolescence to adulthood for four girlfriends aged in their early 20s in New York of 2010. Acclaimed or criticized, it certainly fosters debate.

Vesuvio Playground

Here’s the ideal spot to get an iconic photo of the series.  Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams), Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet) often talk sitting on this bench right near the Soho playground.

Café Grumpy

Here also is one of the most emblematic places in the show and you could very well meet up with other fans.  It’s here that Ray (Alex Karpovsky) works as manager and that Hannah ends up getting hired as a waitress at the end of season 1.

Hannah Horvath’s apartment

As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations, the apartment that Hannah shares with Marnie, and others, is situated at Greenpoint, the northernmost area of Brooklyn.  It includes a large Polish community, which explains its nickname “Little Poland”.

Weather Up

This anonymous facade hides the bar where Hannah doesn’t usually go.  At the beginning of the story, she talks about Cobble Hill, the “grown-up Brooklyn”.  She claims that the Weather Up is a little too classy for her and that she stays away from bars where the barmen are called “mixologists”.  If you don’t share the same opinion, you would probably enjoy this bar which has a large choice of cocktails and is located in a converted church.

Lehmann Maupin Gallery

Here’s the gallery where Marnie works during season 1 and where she meets Booth Jonathan (Jorma Taccone) during an exhibition.  In reality, you’ll be able to peruse the excellent works of some contemporary artists.

Erin McKenna's Bakery

Shoshanna accidentally runs into Matt at the corner of the street.  They talk for a while on the steps just beside this delicious vegan pastry shop.

The Jane Hotel

In season 1, the book launching party for “Leave me alone” by Tally Schifrin (Jenny Slate), Hannah’s Nemesis, took place in this 1908 hotel reputed for their evil parties in the splendid ballroom.  Originally this building was the headquarters for the American Seamen's Friend Society Sailor’s Home and Institute. Titanic survivors were housed here during the investigation following the sinking.

The Foundry

As a conclusion to season 1, the surprise party and Jessa’s wedding take place in this beautiful industrial building dating from the 19th century.  It’s actually the last edifice in the area that used to house a foundry and that hasn’t been destroyed.

Tom & Jerry's

In episode 2, Jessa goes into this trendy and very popular bar.  She thinks she’s pregnant and wonders about an eventual abortion.

Warwick Hotel

In the pilot, it’s the hotel where Hannah’s parents stay when they come to tell her that they will no longer financially support her.  Under the influence of poppy tea, the young woman comes back to see them in the middle of the night to read them her manuscript, hoping that her talent will convince them to change their minds.  

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