90 Bedford Street
Most New Yorkers consider this location the apartment building that stands on the southeast corner of Bedford and Grove Streets, but Friends fans know the deeper meaning of this corner in Greenwich Village. 90 Bedford Street is the iconic apartment building that serves as the central focus for all the action, housing each of the Friends at some point throughout the duration of one of New York City’s most beloved television shows. Joey spends much of his day here, whether he’s playing foosball with Chandler in their apartment, emptying Monica’s refrigerator across the hall, or climbing down the many fire escapes after being locked out on the roof with Ross. Joey has had many positive experiences here due to the constant presence of his close friends. In the show, it is revealed that their building is located at 495 Grove Street; while this is a real address, 495 Grove Street is actually located in Brooklyn.
Located in Queens, New York City’s largest film and television production facility has been around since 1983. It is the filming home of 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Gangs of New York, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos, just to name a few. Joey travels back to his home borough to go to work as America’s most skilled neurosurgeon, Dr. Drake Ramoray on the hit soap opera, Days of Our Lives. His reign as Dr. Drake Ramoray ended for some time when he told Soap Opera Digest that he wrote his own lines, which angered the writers. Prior to Joey’s big break, Silvercup Studios mostly filmed music videos and commercials in its early years. Over the years, the use of the facility shifted towards the production of television series.
Silvercup Studios, 42-22 22nd Street, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 906 2000
The Lucille Lortel Theatre
The West Village playhouse has been around since 1926, first serving its purpose as a movie theater. It was converted to an off-Broadway theater in the early 1950s, acquiring its current name in 1981 in honor of actress-producer Lucille Lortel. Many plays have been produced in this theater, including Steel Magnolias, Seussical, and Carrie. It is also famous for staging the famous off-Broadway play, Boxing Day, starring Joey as Victor, the sensitive protagonist en route to space in search for alternative fuel sources.
The Little Owl
The heart of the long-running television show, Friends, takes place at everybody’s favorite hang out spot, Central Perk. Conveniently located below their apartment building in Greenwich Village, the Friends gang spends most of their time in the coffee shop chatting on the orange couch. Joey spends his time here drinking coffee and eating all the muffins the shop has to offer. He even worked at Central Perk during the stall in his acting career. New Yorkers will better know the exterior shots of the coffee shop as The Little Owl, located in Greenwich Village as well, grounding the 90 Bedford Street apartment complex. The red block supporting the building is a Mediterranean restaurant that specializes in flavorful cuisine. The Little Owl is best known for their gravy meatball sliders, serving over 1,000 meatball sliders each week.
The Little Owl, 90 Bedford Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 741 4695
The Pulitzer Fountain
While taking a stroll in Grand Army Plaza, most New Yorkers get the urge to burst out into song at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, singing, ‘So no one told you life was gonna be this way,’ (clap, clap, clap, clap). The reason behind this sudden vocalization of The Rembrandts is because the iconic fountain from the Friends opening credits was replicated to look like The Pulitzer Fountain. Newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer bestowed $50,000 towards the creation of a fountain similar to those in France at the time of his death in 1911. The bronze sculpture that sits on top of the fountain represents Pomona, the Roman goddess of abundance. A possible foreshadowing for the abundance of Friends episodes the world would have the pleasure of enjoying years later. Joey is no stranger to frolicking in the fountain’s water, while reminding his buddies, ‘I’ll be there for you.’
By Diana DiCocco
Diana is a graduate student at Hofstra University, pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. She is a Long Island native whose cultural interests include film, television, and theater and how the art of storytelling shapes our society. She enjoys dancing, romantic comedies, and spending hours at the beach.