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'Girls' creator Lena Dunham's guide to New York City

New York City plays a major role in the show "Girls," but it's also a big part of creator and star Lena Dunham's life.

While she splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City these days, she grew up here and has said she wants to raise children in the city.

Scroll through to see some of the places that Dunham says she loves or has been spotted at.

The Cloisters

Dunham told Time Out New York that one
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Dunham told Time Out New York that one of her favorite places in NYC is the Cloisters, an uptown museum with gardens and medieval buildings in Fort Tryon Park. "Even though I barfed there once in sixth grade on a field trip and did other things I don't want to talk about," she said, "I just think it's like the most beautiful, peaceful place."

Iris Cafe

The quaint neighborhood spot Iris Cafe in Brooklyn
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The quaint neighborhood spot Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights is a favorite brunch spot for locals. Dunham has long ties to the Heights: She lived in the neighborhood in her youth, went to school at nearby St. Ann's and moved into the neighborhood in 2012. She was spotted at Iris Cafe by amNY's Georgia Kral in 2014.

Hill Country Chicken

Dunham and the late New York Times media
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Dunham and the late New York Times media critic David Carr ate a meal at Hill Country Chicken in Manhattan (1123 Broadway) in 2012. "What did we eat?" Carr tweeted. "#Everyeffingtthing."

St. Ann's School

Dunham attended the private school St. Ann's in
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Dunham attended the private school St. Ann's in Brooklyn Heights. That's where she became friends with fellow "Girls" star Jemima Kirke.

Speedy Romeo

This Clinton Hill pizzeria is known for creative,
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This Clinton Hill pizzeria is known for creative, delicious pies but it's also well known because many "Girls" episodes were and continue to be filmed there. But it's not a pizza joint on the show. Speedy's, as its known to locals, is actually supposed to be Cafe Grumpy, the coffee shop where Hannah and Ray work. Interestingly, Grumpy's is a real place.

Cafe Grumpy

Hannah works at Cafe Grumpy, the Greenpoint coffee
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Hannah works at Cafe Grumpy, the Greenpoint coffee shop, with Ray. (He later buys it.) Grumpy's was always a popular local spot but now has six locations, including one at Grand Central Terminal.

The Tenement Museum

Dunham told Time Out that she was obsessed
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Dunham told Time Out that she was obsessed with going to the Tenement Museum when she was in middle school.

Ditmas Park

Also in the Time Out New York interview,
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Also in the Time Out New York interview, Dunham revealed she enjoys the leafy Brooklyn neighborhood Ditmas Park. "I love places in New York like the Cloisters or like City Island or like Ditmas Park in Brooklyn where you can't believe it's the city," she said, adding that those places could feel like a "secret pocket of non-city New York."

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