Friends: 10 places to discover in New York in the series

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Joey, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Chandler and Rachel together form the group of friends most associated with New York City. The series was, however, shot in Burbank, California, but several Big Apple shots were inserted to create the illusion. These places, like Monica's building, continue to have a
Réalité/Fiction Friends New York
Réalité/Fiction Friends New York

Friends, the Californian New York series

Although the series is set in New York, the sets of Friends were therefore based in California. This detail is important, because the fountain, for example, is not in New York… How? All this information in this article but also in the New York guide of the 1000 cult places of movies, series, music, comics and novels!

1. Friends building

Friends building

Photographed dozens of times every day, this building is world famous. This typical New York building appears as a prologue to scenes taking place in Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Monica’s (Courteney Cox) apartment or Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey’s (Matt LeBlanc) apartment. The production chose this building simply because it was John Schaffner’s, the artistic director of the series.

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2. Phoebe’s apartment

It’s in this building, a five-minute walk from Monica’s building, where Phoebe lives. But impossible to be more precise, in the series the number of his apartment changes according to the episodes! His grandmother owned the house and shared it with her before leaving it to him when she died. Phoebe then shares it temporarily with Rachel Green and then with various boyfriends.

Address: 5 Morton Street, New York, USA

3. Lucille Lortel Theatre

Lucille Lortel Theatre - Friends
Lucille Lortel Theatre – Friends

This theater built in 1926 hosts in the third season the play that Joey plays with Kate Miller. If he hates her first, he’ll fall in love with her later. Not knowing how to express her feelings when she decides to leave for Los Angeles, he decides to say goodbye to her on stage using his character in a monologue as moving as it is hilarious.

Address: 121 Christopher Street, New York, USA

4. Chandler Office

Solow Building - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Solow Building – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Chandler is probably the character with the least thrilling work that no one understands, but at least he’s in a remarkable building: the Solow Building, a 50-storey skyscraper with a beautiful curved facade. Office rentals there are among the most expensive in Manhattan.

Address: 9 West 57th Street, New York, USA

5. New York Museum of Prehistoric History, the Friends Museum

New York Museum of Prehistoric History - Friends
New York Museum of Prehistoric History – Friends

After completing his paleontology studies, Ross worked in this unlikely name museum under the direction of Dr. Ledbetter. He brings Rachel there, and the romantic evening ends on animal skins. The “Museum of Prehistory History” does not exist, but the American Museum of Natural History is real, and exciting, no matter what the other characters in Friends say.

Address: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th Street, New York, USA

6. New York University

Founded in 1831, NYU is the largest private, non-profit university in the country with 40,000 students per year. From season 6, Ross works there as a professor of paleontology after losing his job at the museum. There he meets Elizabeth Stevens, one of his students. They will go out together in spite of the opposition of the father of this one, interpreted by Bruce Willis.

Address: 35-51 West 4th Street, New York, USA

7. Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Saks Fifth Avenue – Photo credit: Fantrippers

In the first season, Rachel gets a job interview to work as a professional buyer in one of New York’s largest stores. Unfortunately she will not be retained. Saks Fifth Avenue is an American department store chain founded in 1924. This building is the original site.

Address: 611 5th Avenue, New York, USA

8. The Plaza Hotel, Friends’ quarrel

At the end of the sixth season and the beginning of the seventh, Chandler and Monica decide to get officially engaged. To celebrate, they decide to take their friends to drink champagne at the Plaza. But when Monica opens the door, she discovers Ross and Rachel kissing and gets angry. She was hoping that this night would be dedicated to her, but she knows that everyone will now be talking about Rachel and Ross getting back together. However, make no mistake, the Grand Army Plaza fountain does not appear in Friends, despite the fact that several guides and sites announce the contrary. There is something to be mistaken since its design is very close to the one visible in the series … But being in Los Angeles.

Address: 768 5th Avenue, New York, USA

9. Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale's - Friends
Bloomingdale’s – Friends

Rachel works in this very important high-end clothing store in the third season. Founded in 1872, the Bloomingdale’s Brothers sign has experienced a great expansion. In 1886, they moved to the corner of 59th Street and Lexington Avenue and occupied the entire block by the 1920s. Today, there are about 50 Bloomingdale’s in the United States.

Address: 1000 3rd Avenue, New York, USA

10. Ralph Lauren

Passionate about fashion, Rachel ended up getting a very important position at Ralph Lauren. She’s even going to run into him one day in the elevator! As in the series, this shop is a luxury store, on several floors, with a studied scenography. The design of the building will get you in, the interior decoration will make you stay but the prices may surprise you.

Address: 867 Madison Avenue, New York, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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