Reaching the building used for the exterior shot of the Friends apartment building is relatively easy, thanks to a major subway junction less than a 10 minute walk away. A closer station is Christopher Street, but this station can only be accessed with the 1 train, which is a local train. Below is a map image showing the subway stations. The red circle in the very left of the map is for the PATH station. Where did Phoebe live? Fortunately for Phoebe, she was just a 4-minute walk from her pals.
If you want to check out her pad, follow the below route to 5 Morton Street, Apt. The same question pops up — how did Phoebe, a barista at Central Perk, afford her own apartment on one of the most coveted blocks in the West Village? Read the explanation of rent-stabilized apartments below. The restaurant has excellent reviews.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first ever Friends episode, a temporary pop up Central Perk opened up in SoHo. As stated above, the show rarely filmed in New York City. That fountain was on the studio set. Could they really afford to Live in Greenwich Village? All of the shots were in a studio in California, except for London in the finale of season four.
Even the fountain scene opening the show was filmed in California. During the program, Monica worked as a cook — Rachel sort of served coffee in the first season — and Monica periodically had no job, or worked at positions that would not support paying the rent on this size apartment. The writers and producers said the apartment needed to be large so the audience could see what the actors were doing.
Action and conversations had to be visible to the audience, so the floor plan of the apartment was wide open and large — it looked nothing like a typical New York City apartment. In New York City, buildings older than with six or more rental units are rent controlled. The city tells landlords how much they can increase the rents based on the length of the lease. Other issues with the Friends Apartment Building are obvious! The apartment has a balcony in the TV series.
None exists on the exterior of the building shown. In the first year, the Ugly Naked Guy lived across the street, and the Friends spied on him periodically. In the last few years, Ross lived in the building across the street, and they peeked out into his windows. Not actually possible with the location. Stand outside, and take a photo. Other things in the area There are many things in the West Village to see, too many to list here actually. Be sure to check out our Things to See in Greenwich Village post.
We also offer it as a GPS-enabled audio tour. The quickest route is to walk west on Grove Street and turn left north on Bleeker Street. Some of the residents on Perry Street are not huge Sex and the City fans, so please be respectful of their privacy and limit your photography to one photo. The Huxstables did not live in Greenwich Village, rather the equally historic district of Brooklyn Heights.
Then, you will make you first right onto St. The house sits just across from a city park. Like the Friends Apartment Building, 10 St.