Carrie Bradshaw’s ‘Guide to the Real New York City’ Includes Soho, Benihana


The Sex and the City franchise will never die. It will just keep getting younger and younger, but also sadder and sadder, like the Benjamin Button of chick-lit. This summer, we can look forward to the cinematic version of Summer in the City, the tale of Carrie, Samantha, and Miranda (where was Charlotte? I’m sure we’ll find out!) together for the first time in NYC. As it happens, prior to the movie, we get the book, out today! And the book is shaped like a purse! How utterly effervescent.

Per its Amazon review,

This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow” — as Samantha Jones dubs her — to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

More important than any so-called plot (and isn’t the last sentence basically the plot of any episode of Sex and the City?) are the handy “guidebook” pages, in which Miranda chronicles her “rules” (all men are a disappointment, no matter what. Got that?), Samantha her “tips” (fake it til you make it!), and Carrie dishes on “the real New York City” (have you heard about this place called the Theater District?). There’s even a playlist.

But really, Carrie’s Guide says it all.

Soho “an acronym for South of Houston (pronounced HOW-ston) is a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and chic galleries”…”Kleinfeld Bridal has been the authority on wedding dresses since 1941.”

Other highlights include Benihana, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, and the New York Public Library. There you have it. New York City, in a gilded nutshell.

Jen Carlson at Gothamist sees something of a bright side in all this, asking “At least she’s teaching people how to pronounce Houston Street?” But that’s how we know they’re not us.

Whatever happened to Benjamin Button in the end, anyway?

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 26, 2011

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