I’m on a Meatpacking District kick after my recent stay at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Hotel (click here to read what makes this neighborhood so unique). While walking along its charming cobblestone streets one night, I heard loud shouting coming from across the road. It was the unmistakable voice of Ice-T, yelling as only he could, at a fictitious perpetrator (and at us for being too loud) while filming a scene from Law & Order. Naturally, it got me wondering about the myriad of other films and television shows that were shot in this celebrity-drenched Manhattan neighborhood. Here are just a few.
Sex and the City
Remember how addicted everyone was to this show when it first came out? Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) made living in New York seem so unbelievably cool. Visit the Meatpacking District and you’ll recognize several scenes from this show. Two restaurants listed in my Meatpacking District itinerary appear on Sex and the City. Buddakan, a trendy Asian fusion restaurant, is the location of Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner for their momentarily doomed wedding in the first film adaptation of the TV series. Spice Market, another upscale Asian restaurant, now occupies what was once the location of Samantha’s new luxury apartment featured in the Season 3 episode “Cock-A-Doodle-Do.” To see more places from the show, check out the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour the next time you visit.
Coyote Ugly (2000)
You remember Coyote Ugly, don’t you? It’s the movie that inspired me to climb on top of a bar (the Coyote Ugly bar located in Vegas) and dance all night. In the film, you see hot bartenders dancing on top of the bar, shouting through bullhorns, and serving enticingly cheap adult beverages. This bar, although called Coyote Ugly in the movie, was actually based on and filmed at Hogs & Heifers, a rugged watering hole in the Meatpacking District. If you’re looking to throw a fun bachelorette party in NYC, this is a pretty good choice. Inside Hogs & Heifers, women are free to dance on top of the bar and throw their bras over the rafters. Julia Roberts did—and her bra still hangs there to this day.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
This disturbing 1980s flick reminds us all that affairs are simply a bad idea. In this movie, Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) has a weekend fling with her colleague Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), a New York City lawyer with a wife and kids. What was supposed to be a one-time thing turns into an unhealthy obsession. Alex begins stalking Dan and his family and proves she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. And where did all the craziness begin? In Alex’s Meatpacking District loft. Her apartment was located inside The Triangle Building situated between Hudson and 9th Avenue.