Earlier this month, more precisely on June 8th, Sex and the City completed 18 years of its first episode. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte were responsible for the success of the series that talked about relationships and New York. City as a background. With six seasons, Sex and the City is in the memory of a lot of people; there are two films – some still expect a third – and boosted the career of Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie). However, not everything on television reflects the reality and the series also featured some lies about living in New York. I watched Sex and the City twice: before live here a few years ago, and recently I finished watching again.. And I made a list of facts that are not as “real” as well …
1. High heels
I can talk about this from experience. I’m short – I’m 1m59cm tall – and I have always been a fan of high heels. My peep toes collection had at least ten pairs, not counting the other sandals and high heels. I always thought that it was a waste to spend money on flats or sneakers – with the money, I could buy another high heel, more cool, right? Then I moved to New York and ended up bringing with me just one high heel shoe in case of a special occasion. The truth is that here in New York we walk a lot and get the subway – which makes unsustainable to have high heels all the time. Carrie could only live on her Manolo Blahnik shoes because she only took cabs. Easy.
2. Transport: taxi
Okay, this is another thing that can not help but comment: the fact that Carrie only use cabs. I know that a taxi ride in the city is not that expensive, but the city’s subway system works very well, and considering the chaotic traffic of New York, the taxi is not the more effective transport – or cheaper. Obviously, the yellow cabs – and now also Uber and other apps – are widely used, but they are the exception, not the rule. The large population of the city uses the subway – and we are talking about various social classes.
3. Carrie lifestyle
Carrie was a character with very peculiar lifestyle: her closet was filled with pieces of luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior and Manolo Blahnik, whose prices can be more than four digits. Carrie was living alone in an apartment in the Upper East Side – too big for New York standards – and used taxi all the time. And she lived from writing a weekly column for a newspaper – and it was not the New York Times. The cost of living in the city is not cheap – especially if we take into account spending on rent – and indeed, in real life, her salary would not be enough to pay all these bills. And not to say I’m just me, this is a point that has been mentioned by several websites and publications.
4. Manhattan overrated
When Miranda moves to Brooklyn, it is clear the disappointment of the other three friends about the fact that she is moving to that borough. In the series, it seems that Manhattan is delighted and who lives on the island is more important than people living in other neighborhoods. The truth is that living in Manhattan can indeed be more practical, but it does not cause the other regions are negligible. Today, Brooklyn has some super valued areas, such as Williamsburg. You can not belittle nowhere. The neighborhood despised today can be trending tomorrow.
5. Dinners and drinks
Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha social life was super intense. Parties, dance clubs, restaurants. I do not wonder to see that people think that life in New York is just glamor. The truth is that it is unlikely that you can sustain a lifestyle like this, with a busy social life, huge apartments (without roommates) and a sophisticated closet. The check does not close. Unless you are a millionaire.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Sex and the City. If I get a chance, I will watch again. But some facts are not true and thought it would be interesting to bring some points here to the blog. Plus, I evaluated the series based on my experience here – and knowing the lives of many other people living in the city.
Incidentally, there is an article on Refinery 29 talking about several points that I mentioned here and I recommend the reading. But, for not saying that I just talked about lies, I would like to make special mention to a truth: networking. Like anywhere in the world, meet the right people and make contacts is essential for a career – here in New York, is no different. Contacts, contacts, contacts: it certainly makes life much easier for those who live here.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.