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A New York City Experience

From 1998 to 2004, I was what you would call, a faithful evangelist of Sex and the City.  In fact, Carrie’s style and flair gave rise to me being a Bloganista.  So naturally, any buzz of SATC2 tribute events would attract me, like bees to honey.   My first stop led me to Stir’s on First Avenue between 73 & 74th Streets.

With excitement levels peaking, I entered the cozy atmosphere spectacularly set. The candles lent idealism to the lavish decor. However, the event was oversold, overbooked, and overpopulated with females, in an environment offering free or special promo martinis, cosmos & wines and a complimentary free spa station with mani, pedi & eyebrow threading, at that!  Needless to say, the catfights broke out; ladies were kicked out (of the threading booth due to poor communications and organization) & even almost passed out from heat exhaustion.

With disappointment well in tow, I came home, uninspired by my experience, and seriously doubting the premiere’s ability to live up to the series at this point. But my persistent BFF convinced me to accompany her to TGIFs Friends, Cocktails & Couture.  It promised FABulous cocktails, awesome appetizers & lots of girly fun! Now granted the Peach Martini @ Stir’s rocked my pleasure vibe, however, let me tell you that the Miami Vice, at TGIF immediately sent my doubts packing. And the Shrimp & Fries w/ Jack Daniel’s sauce…mmm mmm good! So far, off to a great start.  Then, hello; without warning, I was captivated by what appeared at first glance to be four young men about to goof off on the mic.

We were serenaded, as TGIF kicked off the new Patio, by a phenomenon known as KOS; Kids of Survival, from Queens, NY.  As fascination sat in, Gary, the lead vocalist, informed the captivated audience that not only were they happy to Rock The Mic @ TGIFs (which they work at, when they aren’t touring) Friends, Cocktails & Couture, but these Rock-N-Roll revampers were the opening act for Bon Jovi’s ShareTheMic on Saturday, May 29th at the Meadowlands; the global platform that connects musical artists with Non-Profits to help generate awareness for causes will be a series of summer shows, in which Kids of Survival has the pleasure in kicking off.

So all in all; the view of the Manhattan from Sheepshead Bay, with my then BFF, & four smoking infernos wooing & cooing the stresses & doubts away…Priceless!

 

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  • Robin Rue

    I love Manhattan. I get down there a few times a year and it never gets old. I am going back over Thanksgiving and can’t wait to see what my next adventure brings.

  • I loved Sex and the City as well! I’m sorry the first event didn’t work out but I’m glad the second did.

  • Alli Smith

    They must be really good to be the opening act for Bon Jovi! Sounds like a great night out – with awesome views, good music and good friends. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Christy Maurer

    That sounds like you had a fun time! I’ve only watched a few episodes of the show, but I can see how it would inspire you to love style!

  • Girl, I was right there with you – but I was way more and still am way more a Samantha! 😉 And now… I want to binge watch Sex & The City! ONE DAY, maybe one day Netflix will have all the episodes!

  • Whoa! No way?! Ladies were kicked out? It sounds like it could have been a great event. However, Cocktails and Couture sounds amazing!

  • First let me say – I love the blog!! It’s so cute! I’ve never visited New York and it’s on my list of places I want to visit plus if there is great talent like KOS serenading folks at TGIF it might be worth a pop in.

  • There is nothing like getting out there with your BFF and just having a good time, cocktails and good company are the must haves for a good night and that view is beautiful.

  • Jeanette

    I can see why you would be disappointed. When you’re expecting something at a conference that actually doesn’t happen it is annoying. I am glad that you have a best friend and I’m glad you got to enjoy time with her with TGIF. It looks like you had a beautiful view.

  • Rebekah Osprey-Ellis

    A free spa station sounds good to me! Although, it is a shame it was so overbooked and I definitely would have wanted to avoid the catfights.

  • Candy Kage

    Sounds like a wonderful way to sooth away stress and enjoy a day or evening with good friends.

  • umiko

    Your story was about going to hit the roof in the middle but the advertising covered it and when I clicked the x what I got was the white rectangle. So, what happened between the girls got kick out and the KOS performances?

  • Jen At Dapperhouse

    So glad that you had a fun time after all. We like TGIF for their service and their vast menu.

  • This seems like such a great place to visit! We went to NYC last summer and only did the major touristy things, I would have liked to have more time to explore places like this and really enjoy the culture.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    I’m sorry your Sex in the City experience didn’t initially go as planned. NYC can be VERY overwhelming! I went for the first time last year and found the hidden spots are always better then the big draws!

  • Pam

    Wow, that first event definitely sounds like a bust. Glad that you went to the BFF event and had some delicious cocktails and changed your miind.

  • Jessica Hughes

    NYC is one of my favorite cities to visit and TGIF will definitely be on my list the next time I am there. It sounds like a fantastic time and the view is astounding!

  • Dina

    That was such a great show. I loved it too!

  • Melanie E

    I am glad that your time turned out positive. I would have been frustrated, as well, with the first event. I have never been to NYC. Maybe one day?

  • I love NYC and try to go at least twice a year and everything with better with your BFF.

  • I’ve only seen one of the SITC movies, but I can understand how a favourite show or movie can shape your view of a city. And it sucks that it went a little AWOL but it sounds like you had the perfect ending to the day.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    I went to NYC with my friend for a blogging conference. It was such a great experience but we really only had one day to enjoy the city, NOT enough time. I really hoep to go back soon but this time with my husband, he has never been either.

  • Leah

    I have never been to New York, but it is a place I would like to go. I really want to go in 2018 to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Hopefully we can get tickets!

  • Amanda

    I’m a huge fan of Sex and the City and was so bummed to find out that the third movie is officially cancelled. I could see myself going to an event like this and being disappointed if it was the same type of hot mess. How frustrating for you!

  • valmg

    I used to love watching Sex and the City, and have never heard aof a tribute event. That photo of the sunset is lovely.

  • The view from Manhattan from Sheepshead Bay looks really awesome. It does look like a perfect spot to de-stress.

  • Rosemary Anderson Palmer

    Would love to see a sunset in NYC but friends, drinks and a good sunset anywhere can be good.

  • Kelly Reci

    It looks like a great place to visit. I will definitely check this out

  • What a gorgeous view. I would love to go back to NYC and enjoy happy hour!

  • Absolutely relaxing is what it is. The sunset picture is really pretty, I like that its on the lake. It creates a relaxing vibe especially if your with friends or family. I’ve been to something similar in Tofino, BC there was a restaurant on the water and sometimes when the boats came in after finishing, the waves would rock the platform your dinning at. Great food and a fun experience at night when you’re able to watch the sun set!

  • Julie Syl

    Wow!! That sunset so breathtaking. Loving seeing that place soon.

  • interNATionalcaty

    Sex and the City had me wanting to visit New York as well. Beautiful city with lots of do.

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Love this recap!! I absolutely love NYC!

  • Julee Morrison

    Found this post and my daughter said, “I want to go to NYC!”…seriously, this recap of your trip does make it sound like NYC is whispering (is that an oxymoron with NYC?) my name! I love your view, the serenading sounds amazing and…excuse me, I need to start packing! 🙂

  • TheNewClassy

    That view is amazing. I can’t wait to get back to NYC one day really soon.

  • Vyjay Rao

    The views are simply breathtaking. The best of NYC seems to be focused on this spot.

  • Mackinaw Road

    What a beautiful view!

  • This photo makes me miss NYC. I had the opportunity to visit a few years ago. I seriously need to go back!

  • Angela Milnes

    Oh wow, It really looks an awesome view and it makes me feel relax, I love to see that in person.

  • Karlyn Cruz

    Oh my gosh! Are you kidding me right now? I literally just 2 seconds ago sent my friend a clip I found on Youtube about the show. I was so addicted to that show. I must have seen it too many times and still laugh pretty hard. I hate that it was only 6 seasons long but whatever. I think they should have organized the event better, knowing what their fan base was. Sorry you had a bad experience first but sounds like it ended on a fun note?