Jose Perez/Splash News Online
July 21, 2009 12:00 AM

With the exception of some new faces, not too much is known about the next season of Gossip Girl, except for where the characters will be attending college now that their high school days have come to an end. And with Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr), and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) all enrolled at NYU, it made sense that the actors spent Monday evening filming a scene at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School in the heart of New York City’s Nolita neighborhood, far from their former Upper East Side stomping grounds.

During the taping, which attracted a large crowd of fans who were snapping photos and craning their necks to get a better view, Vanessa was seen talking to an unidentified male, whom she enthusiastically introduced to Dan after he came to say hello.

And as always with Blair, fashion trumped comfort and practicality — she looked gorgeous in a fitted red dress and sky-high white heels, but had obvious trouble getting up and down the steep steps outside the building. In between takes, Meester nervously tapped her over-sized purse against the side of her leg, avoiding eye contact with the spectators who had gathered.

Vanessa, on the other hand, looked much more classroom appropriate in a flowy yellow top, shorts and flats. Noticeably absent from the scene was Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), who will be in Rhode Island attending Brown University when the CW show returns Sept. 14 — but we can only imagine what kind of trouble she will be getting into there.

As the shoot wrapped up around 8 p.m., the three castmates jumped into a black stretch limo and were whisked away into the balmy New York City night. — Amanda Friedman

Tell us: Who would you rather go to school with, Serena or Blair?Jose Perez/Splash News Online

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