Another one of my must-see New York filming locations from my first trip to the Big Apple was the Friends Apartment. The apartment is actually located right in the same neighborhood as Carrie’s brownstone and SJP’s house. I could hardly contain myself as we walked up to the building – I felt like I had waited years to see it in person and here I was!
The building is actually pretty unremarkable in person and chances are if it wasn’t featured on TV for ten seasons, you’d probably walk right by it without even giving it a second glance. But thanks to TV magic, it will be forever stalked and remembered. Be on the lookout for the countless tour-groups walking by the building – we saw three stop by in the ten minutes we were there! My boyfriend was thankful he was dating a stalker and didn’t have to shell out $65 for a look at the Friends Apartment. 🙂
I found both locations in one of my favorite tour books – “New York: The Movie Lover’s Guide” by Richard Alleman. You can pick it up on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Lovers-Ultimate-Insider/dp/0767916344/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199939765&sr=8-3. I highly recommend purchasing it before any visit to NY. 🙂
Stalk It: The Friends Apartment is located at 90 Bedford Street, at the corner of Bedford and Grove, in Greenwich Village. You’ll recognize it immediately when you walk up to it. The many tour-groups stopped in front might give it away, too! A quick tip for posing for photos at the apartment – be sure to stand in the middle of the street and not directly in front of the building – otherwise you’ll come out too small in the pic. After your Friends stalking adventure, stop in to Chumley’s at 86 Bedford Street for a drink and a bite to eat. Chumley’s is a former speakeasy and still resides in an unmarked building. You can even enter through the secret entryway leftover from the prohibition days!