Sex and The City fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming release of the HBO Max miniseries revival And Just Like That… to find out what the lives of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte (but NOT Samantha, we don't talk about her) are like in 2021. But if the passive activity of watching your favorite show rise from the dead is not quite enough to get you going these days, perhaps you would be more interested in a more active experience that lets you pretend that you ARE Carrie.
To that end, a very few lucky people will get the chance to stay at a faithful recreation of Carrie's brownstone apartment (one of the more realistic NYC apartments in television history) via Airbnb, with Sarah Jessica Parker serving as the "Airbnb Host." They're offering two, one-night stays, for up to two people each, at a recreation of Carrie's digs on November 12th and 13th. And it'll only cost you $23 (plus taxes), because it's been 23 years since Sex and the City first was aired.
"The Carrie Bradshaw character is near and dear to my heart, and revisiting her world for the continuation of the Sex and the City story has been such a joy,” said Parker. “I’m excited for our audience to experience Carrie’s New York like never before and walk in her shoes, quite literally, for the first time.“
A few notes about Carrie's apartment: the exterior shot on the show was of a brownstone on Perry Street (where owners have since installed a chain across the stoop to fend off tourists); the apartment on the show was supposed to be on the Upper East Side; the apartment in reality was just a set; and the Airbnb is in Chelsea and doesn't realllly look like the real deal.
So what do you get during your stay? First, Parker will play a realistic absentee landlord by giving you a "virtual greeting;" then she will throw in "a narration reminiscent of each episode’s thought-provoking intro," though it is unclear whether that will be relayed directly into your brain, or play on an endless loop on speakers inside the apartment.
You will get at least two Cosmopolitans (but very likely no more than two), the chance to "admire and play dress-up in Carrie’s iconic closet" (which includes shoes and at least one iconic Patricia Field tutu), and a styling session and photoshoot.
There will be no cigarettes, carnations, or Post-It notes.
You will also get "the opportunity to descend the steps of her brownstone and stroll the streets of Manhattan (splash from a city bus not included)." It is unclear at publication time whether there is something particularly notable about this stroll, or if it is just like any time one is strolling the streets of Manhattan to go to a corner drug store or pick up a slice of pizza, which are the main things New Yorkers do in real life, splash or no splash.
You also get a bed to sleep in, a landline which may or may not work, a laptop which may or may not work, and at least five windows. Seamless is not included.
You can try to reserve your spot starting at noon on Monday, November 8th by going here, but you better plan ahead because I imagine a lot of people (not Samantha) will be hankering to book it. Another reason to get on it: if it becomes necessary to cancel the stays because of COVID guidelines, Airbnb "will offer the booking guest a $1,000 USD Airbnb travel credit." Just like Carrie liked to say: when one door closes, a shoe box full of Airbnb travel credit opens!