The Girls Guide to NYC
by Alexis Swerdloff
HBO's "Girls." From left: Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams), Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke), Hannah Horvarth (Lena Dunham) and Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet). Photo: Mark Seliger/HBO
There's a scene in an episode of Lena Dunham's breakout HBO dramedy, Girls, where Dunham's character, Hannah Horvath, looks in the mirror before a date and tells herself, "You are from New York. Therefore, you are just naturally interesting." While that statement is debatable, replace "are from New York" with "have appeared on Girls" and it's a bit more accurate. After all, that would explain why a slew of interactive maps have sprung up across the web detailing the locations throughout the City where the show has filmed. For New Yorkers, seeing Hannah and her friends Marnie Michaels, Jessa Johansson and Shoshanna Shapiro hanging out at favorite NYC spots adds an insider-y layer to the already extremely insider-y series. Before the inevitable Girls bus tour gets under way (and lines at Café Grumpy begin to resemble those at Magnolia Bakery), check out some of the more notable bars, restaurants, hotels and other venues that appeared in the show's first season.