Psst, There’s a Secret ‘Gossip Girl’ Tour in New York


For the last 21 years, Maurice Legere has been a security officer at the Lotte New York Palace, a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. And for the last decade, in addition to keeping the building safe, Mr. Legere has given a tour of the hotel to loyal fans of the “Gossip Girl” television show, showing them the spaces where the series was filmed.

The tour isn’t advertised online or at check-in for hotel guests. The only way to find out about it is through word-of-mouth.

The hotel was the home of Serena van der Woodsen and Chuck Bass, some of the teen cult drama’s main characters. Throughout the show’s six seasons, the hotel became a character of its own with much of the scheming, fighting and other drama in “the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite” taking place there and its characters referring to it as just “the palace.”

I started doing it because people come into the courtyard, they look and I notice them right away because they start giggling and laughing,” Mr. Legere said. “They say, Oh my God this is the ‘Gossip Girl’ hotel.”

Ms. Sporn, 22, said that she also went on a separate tour of other locations in the city that are in the show, but not affiliated with the hotel.

“We also went to the Met steps and the rooftop bar of the Empire Hotel, which are in the show,” she said. “The hotel had ‘Gossip Girl’ drinks and at The Met there were other people who were there because they had seen it on the show, so it was interesting to see the cultural impact of the show.” Ms. Sporn added that a group of people she spoke with mentioned that they had come to the museum because of the show. In the series, Blair often had lunch on the Met steps.

Mr. Legere began giving the tour about a decade ago and said that it has become more popular in the last four or so years, likely because the show is available on Netflix and more people have access to it. He said that he has given at least a thousand tours to groups big and small and with guests from all over the world.



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