The vast majority of my favorite shows tend to play fast and loose with their locales, though. Despite many attempts to track it down over the years, I could never seem to do so. Then, a couple of months back, I decided to do a deep dive into identifying it and was finally successful.
As fate would have it, my good friend Kim visited NYC shortly after my discovery and graciously agreed to stalk the place on my behalf. When I sat down to write a post on the spot earlier this week, I got a little obsessed with pinpointing the four other properties used, as well, and, after countless hours scouring the internet, managed to ID all but one! But the spot initially used as her dwelling was not a walk-up at all, nor did it have any sort of stoop. Instead, Carrie was first shown living on the third floor of a rather non-descript building housing a coffee shop on its ground level, as I mentioned above.
Big Chris Noth drops Carrie off at home after running into her at a club. Amazingly, while the second level windows were changed at some point in the plus years since the first season of Sex and the City was filmed, the edifice otherwise looks much the same as it did onscreen.
As Kim noticed while stalking the place, a Christian Louboutin store is fittingly located right across the street. In the episode, Carrie and Mr. Though he put in a Herculean effort, spending hours perusing the Upper West Side, as well as re-tracing my searches of Upper East Side and West Village neighborhoods, he could not find the pad either.
It was not long before I came across 36 East 62nd Street. I had to do a triple take, though, because while the structure at that address matched what appeared on Sex and the City to a T, there was no brownstone adjacent to it. Instead, as you can see in the Street View image below, situated directly next to the building is a vacant plot of land. As I later learned thanks to this The New York Times article , a brownstone did once stand in the vacant space at 34 East 62nd Street , but it was blown up on July 10th, by its owner, who was involved in a bitter divorce and wanted to not only commit suicide, but to seek revenge on his ex in the process.
The blast incinerated the structure, as you can see in images here , here , and here. A photo of the home from when it was still intact is pictured below via Property Shark.
Hard to believe it is just gone. All that is visible is a rather fuzzy view of several walk-ups with iron porch railings. All that is visible is a row of buildings. I believe the same set of brownstones was utilized in all three episodes, but since so little is visible, I cannot say that with any certainty, nor can I even begin to guess where they might be located.
Why production decided to shift locales yet again to a brownstone located literally one door away from the previous one used is a mystery. Until next time, Happy Stalking!
And the brownstone used from Season 3 on is right next door at 66 Perry.