“I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together.” Famous lines once uttered by the fabulous Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly and New York City are two things that will always go together. I have always been fascinated by this movie and the city it’s set in. On this visit to New York, I was determined to go to as many spots that were in the film as I could. At each location, I felt the characters from Breakfast at Tiffany’s nearly come alive in front of me.
While traveling through uptown New York, I also visited many other sights I hadn’t seen before. Since that it was the end of October different colored leaves fell around the sidewalks of the city. The views and the feel of the crisp air surrounding me contributed to the setting of some perfect autumn days. I would only be in the city for a few days, so I only saw glimpses of what uptown New York really had to offer.
If you are a Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan, be sure to check out some of these spots!
5th Ave’s Tiffany and Co.
If you find that you have a case of the mean reds be sure to find your happy in this gorgeous place. Tiffany’s has two windows you can view in and see their most precious set of diamonds necklaces, rings and more. So, glance in, the way Audrey Hepburn once did or make your way inside and check out all the beautiful things Tiffany’s has to offer.
New York National Library
While I didn’t venture inside, I did walk around outside. With its grand architecture, the library leaves a classic feeling every time you walk past it. I hear that inside it is very large and has many floors where you can lose yourself in story after story after story. Be sure, when you get there, to head inside and check out the place where Paul Varjak declared his love for Holly.
169 East 71st, Upper East Side
Although this is not where they shot the interior shots for the movie, this is the place where Holly takes Paul’s lover’s taxi and heads off to Sing Sing. They shot many other scenes from the movie here, like the shot of Audrey Hepburn singing the forever timeless song, “Moon River”. I arrived to the townhouse in the midst of rain and although this was not where they filmed the last scenes, it was as if I was sitting in a taxi hearing Paul Varjak’s last speech telling Holly that “life’s a fact and people do fall in love” because we do and I was falling deeper in love with this city of life.
Now here are some other things to check out if you are in the uptown area of Manhattan.
This is a pretty quick walk from hectic Times Square. I arrived at the end of the blue twilight as the day was nearing seven in the evening and everything was lit up. All around me, little shops with glass walls stood side by side selling different kinds of things like paintings and souvenirs. In this nine-acre park there also stands a small skating rink where people of all ages were having fun on the chilly October night. Trees and bushes were lit up and there was a subtle presence of Christmas in the air as I walked through this cute little park.
The famous, wonderful, and massive park is almost misplaced in a city like New York City. It feels so massive that I wondered if anyone has ever seen it all or if anyone finds familiarity in a place like this. I passed by a small lake and watched couples paddle boats under bridges while dogs barked at squirrels that were running up trees nearby. There were many people in the park on this Sunday afternoon trying to find some peace in this autumnal change in nature. Be sure to walk and see as much of central park as you can see and beware that cell phone service runs in and out.
If you are ever in Manhattan, be sure to find this posh area where the stage of Gossip Girl was set, where Holly Golightly hailed a cab and where Carrie Bradshaw had her heart broken. Become one within this dwelling and create your own story. That is the beauty of New York City, a place where you saw characters you love grow, but also a place where you can find your own happy endings.
Just kidding, it’s me, Melody!