While I was reading the book Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., by Sam Wasson about Audrey Hepburn and the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I thought it would be fun to take myself out into the city to do my own Breakfast at Tiffany’s NYC tour. If you didn’t read my book review, well then…go read it! Okay, I won’t force you, but I highly recommend it. It might just change your life.
So I’m not gonna lie, I was excited about this plan. Not just because it would get me out of my apartment before noon on a Saturday, but I thought it would give me a newfound appreciation of myself. I’m the type who doesn’t really make plans. I just go along with whatever someone else has planned, which for the most part is fine by me. However, this was going to be a whole day that I planned out just for me. And obviously, NYC is one of the best places to explore. Day trips into the city are like mini vacays. I knew that somehow this Breakfast at Tiffany’s NYC day would end with me having some profound epiphany about myself. I. Was. Ready.
NYC can also be a bitch…
Saturday rolls around and I actually got up at 8 am. I was so proud. And instead of checking Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Google, I head straight to the shower. Can’t wait to get my day started! Turn the faucet on while taking care of business and then…wth? Freezing cold water! I don’t panic. I use my Google Home to set a timer for 30 minutes, I want to do some interweb searching anyway. How could I start a morning without doing that? Thirty minutes later, still cold. Another 30- cold. I’m the assertive type so I texted my Super to find out what was going on. No response. I won’t take this lightly. I’m going to send another text that shows I mean business- “I’ve been up since 8 am waiting for hot water and it’s still ice cold.” That will get some action!
No response. I’m seething in anger because I can’t get over the fact that for once in my life I’m up at an early hour on a Saturday and my plans have been sabotaged. Finally, though, at 10:30am, I’ve got hot water. Hallelujah.
After a long subway ride with people invading my personal space, I finally made it into the city. Well, first I had to get past the jerk in the elevator, so after yelling at him with my eyes, I escaped the subway. Finally! I can start my day of fun-filled positive me time!
First things first! Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly, eats a danish for breakfast while outside of Tiffany’s.
By the time I make it to my spot for a danish, it’s 1:40 pm and I’m starving.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s NYC Tour
I needed to see this sign. I was still trying to shake off my morning’s frustrations. See? The city beats you down, but then it picks you back up again. I didn’t get a hot shower for two and a half hours! Okay…so maybe the city didn’t exactly beat me down. Anyway…
I had to go to Tiffany’s first since that was where Holly ate her danish (even though Audrey detested danishes). Well, outside of Tiffany’s is a busy area, so not a good spot to have my danish. From my research, it looked like one of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s filming locations on 52nd and Park would be a good spot to sit and eat my cheese danish. But first, here’s a pic on 5th Avenue:
Now to 52nd and Park
This is my spot to sit, relax, and devour my danish. It’s a bit cool out and slightly misty, but that’s okay, I finally made it. Now I can imagine Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in this very spot making film history. Was George being a diva on this day? Apparently, he wasn’t very well-liked on set.
I have trouble focusing on this image because there’s a weird looking guy smoking a cigarette not too far away from me. Is he looking at me? I’m female, all alone in scary NYC. Wouldn’t it be funny if, after 12 years of living in this city, this would be the day I get mugged? He starts walking towards me! I’m thinking, “Oh shit. Grab your danish!” But then he just kept walking past me towards that building. Do you see? He wasn’t a weird guy! I’m the weird one. I’m sitting all alone on 52nd and Park on a dreary day eating a cheese danish. That’s all kinds of certifiable behavior. So ladies, don’t fear NYC, it’s perfectly safe!
Now that I’m satiated and back to rational thinking, I start heading to Holly Golightly’s brownstone, which is at 169 East 71st street. It’ll be good exercise to walk and I got my Fitbit with me for motivation. I do start to wonder though if a guy was taking me out on a date that involved all this walking, would I be carefree and happily go with it? Or would I knock off points because seriously, will a bathroom make an appearance during this date? I’d like to know!
On the way to Holly’s brownstone, I happened to pass two spots that made me smile.
Made it to the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly brownstone!
If only I could buy Holly’s brownstone and restore it myself. I wonder who’s working on that?
I had planned on going to the New York Public Library, but because of my late start, I had to cut it from my tour. Another day!
Instead, I head to Central Park. Have you heard of it? It’s definitely another Breakfast at Tiffany’s filming location.
This is where Paul, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, learns the true story about Holly Golightly from her hubby, Doc Golightly.
This was my last stop in Central Park, but not my last stop on the tour. Audrey Hepburn made the little black dress a must-have for the modern woman. While I couldn’t get a Givenchy, I could ask one of my more fashionable friends where I might find an affordable option. My designer friend came to my rescue with the perfect spot.
Not only would I find an affordable dress and accessories, but I was also supporting a good cause. Check out Angel Street Thrift Shop’s mission.
The dress was $40.00, beaded necklace $5.00, and the orange triangle necklace was $10.00.
Very cute shop!
So that was the full Breakfast at Tiffany’s NYC tour! I was exhausted. I walked 19,324 steps.
Did I have any epiphanies about myself? Not really but I guess I learned that I have to do a better job at shaking off my aggravations. Or do I need to move into a nicer apartment and hire a chauffeur?
To see pictures of Audrey Hepburn and other cast members on location while filming Breakfast at Tiffany’s, go to this website.
Currently reading Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. This book is set in Park Slope, Brooklyn!