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13 Things Sex And The City Got Right About Life In New York City

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    “There is a time of year in New York when, even before the first leaf falls, you can feel the seasons click. The air is crisp, the summer is gone. And for the first night in a long time, you need a blanket on your bed.”

    When Carrie Bradshaw said this in season 4 of Sex and the City, she was basically speaking a universal New York truth. She, along with the rest of the show, was not right about everything. In fact, they got a lot wrong — and this disconnect has been written about extensively. So, yes, let it be said again that writing a monthly column can’t support New York City rents (especially with an apartment that size), life is not a nonstop social hour filled with cosmopolitans and brand-new Manolo Blahnik heels, and it’s not that absurdly easy to find a date every single night.

    But Sex and the City wasn’t completely filled with unattainable fantasies — and it actually got way more than the above quote right. Ahead, we’ve compiled 13 truths Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda taught us about life in New York City.


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    Everyone Is Always Reminiscing About Old New York
    Before moving to New York City, we’d already heard tons about the New York of yesteryear: It was better, it was the “real” thing. Sex and the City took this notion to the extreme, when notorious party girl Lexi proclaimed, “New York is over. O-V-E-R. Over. No one’s fun anymore. What happened to fun? I’m so bored I could die” — and then proceeded to fall out the window (R.I.P.). Though the scene may have felt a bit exaggerated, the sentiment is one that is never far off anyone’s tongue. Somehow, in a city that is always looking to the future, its residents are always looking to the past. Just ask typical New Yorkers about the first neighborhood they lived in, or their favorite bar in the city — they're bound to give you an earful of how "better" it was way back when.

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    Financial Woes Are No Joke
    At one point in the fourth season, Carrie reaches out to everyone begging for money to buy her apartment back from Aidan — the bank; her ex-boyfriend, Big; a pregnant Miranda; and a recently divorced Charlotte. We’ll never know why she thought this was appropriate behavior as a friend, but it was certainly a moment of truth in the otherwise-absurd fictional finances of the show. It proved that money doesn’t just appear — though we're still wondering how on earth Carrie spent $40,000 on shoes alone — and that even the smallest of transactions will add up in the long run. Hearing, “I really want those shoes/that extra drink/to take a cab home right now, but I need to pay rent” is a common New York struggle. Thankfully, people who actually live here tend to allot their finances to rent…most of the time.

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