I’m a huge Sex And The City fan (if you couldn’t already tell by the name of this blog). I own the entire series on DVD, I’ve seen every episode at least 3 times, and before I moved to the city myself I often had fantasies about what it would be like to run around like Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda.
Don’t cue the theme song just yet though. The first day I moved here, and in the 3+ years since, I realized SATC is as true to life as those Disney fairy tale movies. Here’s a few reasons why:
- My closet is the size of a shoe box – Don’t let Carrie’s uber-fab walk-in closet in her oversized studio apartment fool you. I have yet to see a closet like that come standard in any NYC dwelling; and if it does, it’s likely the residence also comes with a 5-figure a month dollar sign attached.
- The rent is too damn high to be taking cabs everywhere – Over the 6 seasons of SATC, I can only remember Carrie getting on the subway once. When my half of the rent I split with my roommate is more than the mortgage I paid for a solo luxury condo in LA, and NYC cab rides average $25 a pop, you better believe the subway has become my best friend.
- All the men don’t come with their own personal chauffeurs or floor-through apartments – The Mr. Bigs and Trey McDougals are a needle in a haystack for most real girls in NYC (perhaps for the better). Don’t get me wrong, you’ll meet some great guys. They just don’t all come oozing with money.
- I don’t believe in pounding the pavement in Manolo’s…or any high-heel shoe for that matter – In real life NYC, flats are God’s gift to women who are trying to get around the city affordably, efficiently and painlessly. Trust me. One pain-inducing attempt to walk in heels from Park Ave. to the westside, or wobbly standing ride on the crowded 2 train is all you need to realize how ridiculous you are for not having a pair of flats in your purse to change into.
- Though I live in Manhattan, I have mad love for Brooklyn (well, in the summer at least) – When Miranda moved to Brooklyn in SATC, the ladies acted like she moved to a third world country. In reality though, Brooklyn has some of the nicest, prettiest neighborhoods and best cultural activities in all of New York. Just ask the Cosbys.