The Girls Guide to NYC

by Alexis Swerdloff

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  • Vesuvio Playground
    Thompson Street (bet. Prince and Spring Streets), SoHo, Manhattan
    The scene on Girls: Jessa takes the two girls she's babysitting to the playground—only to lose them momentarily while having a hilariously tone-deaf conversation with the other nannies about class struggles that recalls Norma Rae.
    The scene in real life: Taking its name from the (former) iconic Italian bakery down the street (the signage remains the same, but the space now hosts an outpost of Birdbath Bakery), this SoHo spot is a lovely place to take a load off—or watch a round of handball—while exploring neighboring restaurants like The Dutch, Kittichai and Omen, boutiques like Palmer Trading Company and the upscale consignment shop Second Time Around.

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