New York: The must-see places of Gossip Girl
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The famous steps of this emblematic museum serve as a lunchroom for the Queen of the high school and her court. For numerous years, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) possesses this title, then Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) takes over. It’s forbidden to sit higher up than the Queen. This position symbolises her superiority.
It’s in front of the Plaza hotel that Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) waits for Blair in order to give her some flowers and jewellery, but especially to tell her for the first time those famous three words that she has been waiting so long for: “I love you”.
The Empire Hotel
Chuck’s hotel really exists and you’ll find there a lot of places seen on screen: the velvet armchairs, the stairway, the rooftop… As we mention in our Guide New York of 1000 cult movie, series, music, comics, novel locations, if you decide to have a drink, you’ll discover that the cocktail menu is inspired by the series.
Van Der Woodsen Penthouse (exterior)
The Van Der Woodsen family penthouse is one of the most recurring locations. Lily, the mother, later on marries Bart Bass (Robert John Burke), Chuck’s father. After his death, she gets together with Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle).
Constance Billard and St Jude
The museum façade is used to represent both Constance Billard School and Saint Jude School, the wealthy kids’ high schools in Manhattan. As of the first episodes, these walls witness the worst plots of the rich families’ kids, ready to tear each other apart, while Gossip Girl relishes in the scandal.
Chuck and Blair get married in Angel’s Tunnel, just opposite Bethesda fountain. This long awaited moment is not really realized for the most romantic reason, it is to avoid that one has to testify against the other. The two lovers get married just in time before being embarked by the police.
The Humphrey's Loft
A lot of the characters came to live in the Humphreys’ loft. Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) and her baby, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Ivy Dickens (Kaylee Defer)… The dwelling of the only family not belonging to New York’s elite is a sort of refuge for lost or tormented souls. Situated at the base of Manhattan bridge, it offers and exceptional view, often photographed.
Archibald Manor House
The Archibald family lives in this manor house. The father loses it for a while and Nate makes clandestine visits so as not to leave totally his childhood home. The residence comes back to the family later on. In reality, the painter Marc Chagall lived in this building between 1941 and 1948.
Blair Waldorf's Apartment
The Waldorf residence is highly luxurious and must be as must be its residents. Eleanor (Margaret Colin) and her daughter Blair live through a few dramas here, but also some moments of happiness thanks notably to Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski) the maid who is immensely loyal to the family.
Dylan's Candy Bar
In episode 15 of season 2, Dan (Penn Bagdley) accompanies Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) to buy a present for Nate, in this sweet shop spreading up over three floors. An absolute must for candy and Gossip Girl fans alike!
Lotte New York Palace
During the works in their penthouse, the Van Der Woodsen family reside in this hotel belonging to Bart, Chuck’s father. Here is where Dan and Nate, the two rivals, find themselves face to face while waiting for Serena (Blake Lively). Commissioned in 1882 by Henry Villard a financier who made it rich in railroads, the building reflects Italian Renaissance architecture. A 55-storey skyscraper was added in 1974 when the hotel came to be.