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Watch Sex and the City... visit New York

In the many interviews I've read with Sarah Jessica Parker (I just can't help it - they're everywhere), she is usually quoted as saying there were five stars in Sex and the City: Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, Charlotte - and the fashion. But she left one out: the city of New York.

From City Hall to Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge, there would really be no sex if it weren't for the city. No surprise then, that Sex and the City (the film) is believed to have given New York (the city) the kind of advertising that money just can't buy - and we, the tourists, are flocking. It can only be a matter of time before New York appoints an official Sex-and-the-City "person" much like New Zealand's Minister for Lord of the Rings.

The city does look pretty good in the film - lets face it, New York looks good in everything - but this is hardly the first time it's featured. So what's different? Is there something about a shared shoe-obsession that makes us want to run to Madison Avenue? Or is it that the only logical response to all this emoting is a bracing walk in Central Park?

I think it's more to do with bonding - a travelling extension of Sex and the City's focus on friends as the new family. We've had the "Baby-moon" (like a honeymoon, but before the baby comes) and the "Man-vacation" (male bonding type stuff), and now it's the girls' turn - the "girliday" (yep, I made that up). In the film they went to Mexico... but that was only because they already live in New York.

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