Fan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?
As one my favorite shows during quarantine, I was thrilled when I had the chance to take the Mrs. Maisel’s Marvelous Tour of New York to see some of the locations where the show was filmed and learn more about Midge’s New York.
Hosted by On Location Tours, the Mrs. Maisel’s Marvelous Tour started earlier this year where a bus would take fans around key spots in NYC to learn more about Midge’s world and 1950s Manhattan.
When COVID struck, they stopped hosting tours but will be resuming on December 3rd via a reimagined version where fans will be driven around NYC in a 1957 Studebaker Commander, along with a tour guide. How cool is that?! This accommodates two people (three people max) for a personal (and safe) way to learn more about the show and 1950s NYC history..
As part of my mini-tour, I rode around in the Studebaker, which was actually on the show over the course of the years, to spots around the Greenwich Village to learn more about NYC history and how it’s included on the show.
This started at Washington Square Park where our guide, dressed as Mrs. Maisel, told us about some of the scenes that were captured there, including the “Save The Square” scene with Jane Jacobs, and Midge. I was surprised to learn that Jane Jacobs was actually a real person in history, who, along with other protestors at the time, led a grassroots movement, protesting Robert Moses’ plans for a highway that would demolish Washington Square Park.
We then drove to St. Marks Place and saw the location of the original Gaslight Cafe where Midge discovers her talent in Season 1. Now the Up & Up Bar, the iconic location was once the spot where poets, musicians, and singers performed.
We then went across the street to the charming Caffe Reggio, which is also the location where Abe meets with his lawyer in season 2 and the location where the very first cappuccino was served in the U.S. Who knew?
We then took a walk to the Music Inn, which was the very story where Midge gets her comedy albums. Opened in 1958 and one of New York’s oldest continually-run music stores, the store is a wonderland of records and instruments that’s incredible to see in person.
The full 75-minute tour takes fans beyond the Village where they end up at iconic spots like the National Arts Club, City Spoon, the old B. Altman’s, La Bonboniere, McSorely’s Old Ale House, and much more!
The tour was super interesting as I learned more about the show and NYC history–and cruising around in the Studebaker was pretty cool. Magical and special, just like the show, On Location Tours is a great way to soak in the magic of this world, while enjoying a safe, private, and fun activity.
Check out more about this tour and other NYC On Location Tours here.