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I’ll Be There for You: Friends Guide to NYC

November 28 2022

What is the most iconic TV show to have come out of New York? For many people it’s Friends. The sitcom was filmed over 10 years, nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been translated into 104 languages - making it one of the most recognizable American TV shows in the world.

Although filming for Friends stopped almost 20 years ago, many of the New York filming locations remain unchanged. Friends was primarily filmed inside a studio in Los Angeles, but all the outside shots in the city are real places you can visit. If you’re a Friends fan and you’re in the Big Apple, the following locations provide the perfect opportunity to recreate your favorite moments from the series and see the landmarks in person.

90 Bedford Street

Located in West Village, on the northwest corner of Bedford and Grove, you will find 90 Bedford Street – better known as the “apartment from Friends”. While the inside was shot in a studio, the outside shots were taken at this very real residential building. The building itself was chosen as it was the home of John Shaffner, the artistic director of the series. You can visit the outside of the building and you’ll be sure to bump into other like-minded fans.

Bloomingdales

Rachel’s big break in the series is when she gets a job at Bloomingdales and quits her job in the coffee shop. The Bloomingdales that Rachel worked in was the flagship store on 3rd Avenue. You can visit the store as a customer or see the building from the outside – although you won’t be able to get into Rachel’s “office”.

View of Manhattan including the plaza hotel, from Central Park

The Plaza Hotel

Monica and Chandler finally tie the knot in season seven and they celebrate their wedding at the Plaza Hotel. You can experience the famous Plaza by dining in one of their restaurants, booking afternoon tea, or visiting one of their many on-site stores. Alternatively, you can see the exterior of the hotel from Central Park behind the Wollman Rink.

American Museum of Natural History

Ross famously works in the New York Museum of Prehistoric History, with many fans’ favorite scene – Ross and Rachel’s first date - filmed inside. The fictional museum is, in fact, the American Museum of Natural History, located at Central Park West. Whether or not you’re a Friend’s fan, the AMNH shouldn’t be missed as it is one of the best attractions in New York City – you will need around four hours to see the whole museum.

Old style new york city subway tile sign for Madison Square Garden with arrow. Tiles are brown and cream

Madison Square Gardens

In the 4th episode of Friends, characters Chandler, Joey, and Ross famously visit Madison Square Gardens to watch a Rangers game. If you want to see the arena you can book tickets for an upcoming game – or if sports aren’t your thing, you can book a behind the scenes tour and visit the Friends filming location.

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