The Girls Guide to NYC
by Alexis Swerdloff
Photo: José Rolón
42-38 9th St., 718-786-7776, Long Island City, Queens
The scene on Girls: On the season finale, Jessa texts her friends, telling them to come to "the most important party" of her life. When they show up at The Foundry, they are surprised to find out that said party is her wedding. It's a great way to end the first season, especially since Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan plays the officiant.
The scene in real life: This sleek former varnish-manufacturing factory and metal foundry in Long Island City is a go-to spot for New Yorkers looking to get hitched just far enough outside of Manhattan that it feels like a destination wedding. (Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen and Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss were actually married there in 2009.) The space also hosts special events—from Kanye West's record-release party to a kosher pop-up restaurant to the Starving Artists Halloween Ball.