Let's face it: If you were a Gossip Girl fan, you were either Team Blair or Team Serena. And while Ms. Waldorf may have catered to our inner prepster, Serena van der Woodsen played to our wild-child side. She was the free spirit of the Upper East Side, the It Girl who made her fair share of mistakes and still somehow managed to come out on top — voluminous blonde locks and a so sweet (in the beginning, at least) Brooklyn boyfriend to boot.
Sure, the girls of Constance Billard may have been off the air for nearly three years now, but what better way to celebrate Blake Lively's 28th birthday than by honoring the coolest girl she played on-screen? They may not be anything alike, but the too-cool-for-school teen heroine did teach us tons about life in the big city — and what it means to be the talk of the town, even at the ripe old age of 17.
Looking to relive Serena van der Woodsen's glory days? Click ahead for 13 reminders that she was, and will always be, the New Yorker you know you love. XOXO.