We recently stopped by the original Magnolia Bakery in the West Village to see what it was all about: The bakery already has nine locations in the US and 17 internationally. They had to put security staff on the door so that ardent Carrie fans wouldn't shove their way in. Typically they are red velvet cupcakes with sugary Rockette dancers on top. Film crews would regularly use our beautiful block as a backdrop, and I watched from my third-floor window as the Sex and the City crew moved in, though it was too gorgeous a summer day to hang around and watch Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon lick cupcake after cupcake. Red Velvet Cake Traditional Southern recipe of a dense cake with a cream cheese frosting. She does it for the love, baby. My new block, though not as pretty, is blessedly quiet and free of rats and television tourists. Within weeks of the airing of the episode, lines began to form around the small bakery on West 11th. When I moved in to my flat, Magnolia was one of several quirky, idiosyncratic shops that brought colour and personality to the street. Lastly we have some suggestions of what you can do near each of the several locations. Locals new how great they were, but there were certainly no lines stretching around the block. And whatever you may have heard to the contrary, that's the real New York. Earlier this week, Abrams told the Wall Street Journal that the company plans to open as many as additional franchises across the US in the next five years. Magnolia Bakery, a little cupcake shop that started in Manhattan's West Village and was popularized with help from "Sex and the City," is about to take over the United States.