8 shops shopping for your favorite movies and series in New York City

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Shopping in New York, a real story

New York and shopping, a love story, movies but also TV series. Whether it’s in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw or Holly Golightly, shop like a big screen or small screen star, and extend the experience with our New York guide to the 1000 cult locations of movies, series, music, comics and novels.

Macy’s in Miracle on 34th Street…

A classic American movie, Miracle on 34th Street is regularly rebroadcast for the holiday season. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), a nice old man, is hired to play Santa Claus in the huge Macy’s store. But he claims he is the real Santa Claus and intends to do everything to prove it. While Macy’s was an integral part of this version, the chain did not wish to participate in the 1994 remake. It’s been replaced by the fictitious Cole’s store.

In the realm of excess, Macy’s has no equal. The (very) New York department store occupies a whole block at the intersection of 34th St and Broadway, making it, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest commercial building in the world with 198,500 m2 of floor space, twice the size of Harrods! Only the Goum store in Moscow is in a position to challenge “The World’s Largest Store”, which is spread over eleven floors and two buildings. A paradise for serial shoppers… as long as you’re not allergic to crowds.

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Tiffany & Co. in Diamonds on the Sofa

It is in front of the window of this famous luxury store that Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) eats a croissant while devouring with her eyes the exposed jewels. For the purposes of filming, the luxury brand has agreed to open exceptionally on a Sunday and has employed specially twenty guards to monitor its many pieces of jewelry.

And the luxury was… In 1878, Charles Tiffany acquired a 287-carat jewel, which he had carved into a cushion weighing 128.54 carats. This legendary yellow diamond is one of the most precious in the world and can be seen all year round on the main floor of the renowned jeweller’s boutique on 5th Av. The “Tiffany Diamond” was worn by only two women: Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn.

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Bloomingdale’s on Friends

Rachel works in this very important high-end clothing store during season 3. Founded in 1872, the Bloomingdale’s Brothers sign has experienced a great expansion. In 1886, they moved to the corner of 59 St and Lexington Av and occupied the entire block by the 1920s. And then the progression continued to such an extent that today there are about 50 Bloomingdale’s in the United States.

When it comes to motor traffic, the English do nothing like the others. So when their queen, in the 70s, decided to visit Manhattan’s famous and very chic Bloomingdale’s, the direction of traffic on Lexington Av was reversed; once out of her car, Elizabeth II could enter the store directly through the main entrance. Now owned by Macy’s Inc, the 36 Bloomingdale’s stores in the United States generate annual sales of $1.9 billion.

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Saks Fifth Avenue in Friends

In Season 1, Rachel gets a job interview for a professional buyer position at one of New York’s largest department stores. Unfortunately, she will not be retained. Saks Fifth Avenue is an American chain founded in 1924. This building is the original site.

Fashion addicts are sure to visit Saks Fifth Av. Designers, high-end brands, shoes, bags, jewelry and cosmetics, the place is a must for New York shopping. Will you fall for the latest model from Christian Louboutin?

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Manolo Blahnik in Sex and the City

Carrie’s a big fan of that famous New York store. Prices range from $500 to $2,500 for a pair of shoes from the famous Spanish designer!

Beyoncé and Lady Gaga quote him in their songs, Marie-Antoinette is wearing his shoes in Sofia Coppola’s film, Anna Wintour, the high priestess of Vogue, swears by him, but it is of course to the series and films Sex and the City that Manolo Blahnik’s name is forever associated. The Spanish designer, who rehabilitated the stiletto in the 70s, when platform shoes were in fashion, has a crazy “heel” and his creations are real jewels.

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Barneys New York in Sex and the City

Founded in 1923, this famous New York brand is one of the four heroines’ favourite fashion boutiques. There are pieces of haute couture and designers, both in terms of clothing, shoes and leather goods.

Saint Lawrence, Isabel Marant, Prada, Stella McCartney… Barneys New York brings together the best of design and haute couture. Clothes, leather goods, beauty products, shoes: the luxury brand will fulfil all your desires, much to the chagrin of your banker.

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The Pleasure Chest in Sex and the City

It’s in this erotic shop of the 2nd Av opened since 1971 that Charlotte buys her famous “rabbit”, a sex-toy to whose fame the series contributed!

Oh my dildo! Since the famous “Rabbit” episode of Sex and the City was filmed there, Pleasure Chest, a West Village institution, has sold over 10,000 rabbit vibrators. Hot rabbits and naughty game lovers will find a wide selection of sex toys, dildos and erotic accessories of all kinds – and in all sizes. Knock yourself out…

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Century 21 in Sex and the City

Great place to do business in New York City. Carrie’s there visiting the legal department.

For a raid on designer clothing at unbeatable prices (up to 65% off), head to Century 21, New York’s best-known outlet and the only one in Manhattan. Levi’s jeans, Calvin Klein polo shirt, Guess bag, there’s no shortage of goodies. If you search carefully – it’s a national sport in this store – you can even find designer pieces. Excess baggage will soon be waiting for you…

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Cult! movies: 100 mythical places of cinema [French Edition]

Since the dawn of cinema, films have invaded the world and highlighted sometimes unexpected places. Every film location has its secrets. The latter are sometimes as exciting as the feature films themselves.

Did you know that the cemetery where the final duel of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was built from scratch and that no body lies there? Or that the bus ofInto The Wild has been moved to discourage fans from spending the night there? From the story of the construction of The Bridge on the River Kwai to the incredible encounter during the shooting of the last scene ofIndiana Jones and the Last Crusadeembark on an exciting world tour with the greatest stars of the seventh art. Shiver in the real haunted house ofAmityville and discover the terrifying anecdotes of the making ofApocalypse Now in the Philippines. Visit the building of Blade Runner before stopping at Hogwarts and finally landing in Jurassic Parkin the middle of the Hawaiian archipelago. What if we also took you behind the scenes of the making of the Hobbits’ village of Lord of the Rings ?

Produced by a team of pop-culture specialists and enhanced by numerous anecdotes, Cult! movies tells the secrets of the places that made the history of cinema.

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By Anthony Thibault

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.

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