Wednesday, May 20, 2009

XOXO Gossip Girl Filming Sites XOXO

Ever wondered what life's like in Manhattan's upper east side where most of New York's wealthiest and influential live? Perhaps it might be entertaining to watch CW's TV series Gossip Girl which was based on Alloy Entertainment's book series by Cecily Von Ziegesar. The show revolves around a group of wealthy, good-looking prep-schoolers from New York's prestigious upper east side dealing with typical teenage issues like drugs and sex, and of course more drama. In the show, the girls go to the Constance Billard School, and the boys go to St. Jude's School for Boys.

Since its debut, I have not missed a single episode of Gossip Girl because I find it so enticing to watch; never knowing what's going to happen in each episode. Moreover, watching TV at home is more of a Recessionista activity than going out for dinner or drinks, right? I wouldn't call myself a Gossip Girl fan, but I have been thinking about snapping some pictures of the Gossip Girl filming sites. So, I finally took the time to do it this one weekend. This is the first batch of photos I took, there's more to come.

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

These steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is where they film the fictitious girls of Constance Billard School hanging out before school and during lunch. The girl in the navy and red ensemble - Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) - is the Queen Bee of her school ,and also one of my favorite characters on Gossip Girl.

2. Synod of Bishops Russian Orthodox Church
75 E. 93rd Street

The Synod of Bishops and The Packer Collegiate Institute (not shown here) are combined to create the look of the show’s fictitious private schools: St. Jude’s School for Boys, and Constance Billard School for Girls.

3. Museum of the City of New York
5th Avenue between E 103rd and E 104th streets

The Museum of the City of New York is also used as a filming site for their school. The Constance Billard School For Girls carved post that you see above is a film prop, because I didn't see it when I was standing at the same spot where these girls were.

4. Palace Hotel
445 Madison Ave

In the show, Serena Van Der Woodsen (played by Blake Lively) and her family live in a suite at The Palace - which is in real-life The Palace Hotel. In this scene, Serena was trying to avoid her ex Nate Archibald (played by Chace Crawford) in the courtyard of the Palace Hotel. The Palace is owned by Chuck Bass’s (played by Ed Westwick) parents in the show. This photo of the Palace Hotel wasn't shot by me because there too many cars driving past when I was trying to get a good shot of it.

To be continued with my upcoming posts with more photos and more Gossip Girl juicy news!

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