Many of today’s most beloved television shows aren’t filmed in conventional Hollywood studio sets, but on the streets of New York City.  We’ve put together a list of some of the most famous shows shot in the City so you can walk right alongside your favorite TV characters, figuratively.

Sex and the City – In this show, NYC is the setting and one of the main characters.  When it aired, and throughout its run, it acted as a trendsetting guide to the city.  Many of the items, places, and styles featured within the show shot to stardom, and remain popular since.  If you want to explore the city Sex and the City style, there is a special Sex and the City tour available which stops at the most popular spots featured in the show.  To buy tickets visit

Fun Fact: The prequel to this show, The Carrie Diaries, also takes place in NYC.  

Law and Order Series – From the original Law and Order, to Law and Order: SVU, this crime drama franchise is set in the “mean streets” of New York City.  If you’re a crime show buff, head to the city to see where Benson and Stabler solved their toughest cases.  

Girls – This show about four self-obsessed 20-somethings is taking the nation by storm.  Lena Dunham, the show’s star and creator, is a Manhattan native and uses New York City as the backdrop for this half-hour long sitcom.  If you’re a Girls fanatic, check out this Girls Guide to NYC on

30 Rock – With this show, the address is in the name!  This laugh out loud comedy was shot all over the city, but with an emphasis on 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the building in which NBC is located.  Stroll down the street where Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy talked life, love and business.

What’s your favorite television show? Is it filmed in the city? Let us know in the comments, tweet us @SeastreakFerry or sound off on our Facebook!

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The Seastreak Family

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