There’s no denying the hit HBO series brought New York City to life as it centered on four best friends navigating their careers, relationships and more. But despite the escapism the show offered its devoted fans, nothing could’ve prepared anyone for the horrific events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001.
At the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Sex and the City had already filmed its fourth season. However, by coincidence, the series encapsulated the beauty of the Big Apple with a close-up of a souvenir snow globe that featured the Twin Towers.
Moreover, the season four finale, titled “I Heart NY,” was moving with its tribute to the city. Not only did it feature a nod to Breakfast at Tiffany‘s by featuring “Moon River” at one point, but Carrie and Mr. Big celebrate classic New York City before he moves to Napa. The next morning, Carrie reflects on the new chapter she’s about to embark on.
While the lines were written before the 9/11 attacks, Sarah Jessica Parker recorded the voiceover afterward, adding more weight to the words in her delivery.
“Seasons change,” she began. “So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And, if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”