Explore Friends TV locations!
Take the New York TV & Movie Sites tour to see the city where your favorite friends Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Pheobe “lived” for ten seasons and get a peek at the fictional NYC locations where many of the Friends exteriors were filmed.
Find out which characters worked in Midtown Manhattan
When you join us on the New York TV & Movie Sites tour, you’ll see your first Friends filming location, in Midtown, as we pass the beautiful Pulitzer Fountain. The fountain was actually recreated almost exactly, in at a studio in California to film the opening credits where the six play in the fountain with umbrellas.
As the tour continues, you will pass by the Solow Building, where Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) worked as a… what was Chandler’s job again? The Solow Building charges some of the most expensive rents in Manhattan and is featured in many films, including Zoolander, where the filmmakers added a giant computer-generated “M” to represent Mugatu's fashion headquarters. The building is also the namesake of the Nine West shoe store chain.
Not far from Chandler’s mystery job at the Solow Building, is Saks Fifth Avenue where our favorite fashionista, Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) interviewed for a job, but is passed over, despite Phoebe Buffay’s (Lisa Kudrow) exclamation that the job would be “like the Mother ship is calling you home!” Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store is just one of Manhattan’s many upscale department stores and has been referenced in shows like Seinfeld as well.
See where the they lived in Lower Manhattan
As you make your way downtown, passing sights from other fan-favorite TV shows and movies along the way, your guide will lead you to the Friends apartment building where Monica Geller (Courtney Cox Arquette), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) had the time of their lives. Located in historic Greenwich Village, you’ll hop off for a photo-op in front of the iconic building. Although the actual interiors of the gang’s apartments were filmed on set in Hollywood, the Village is referenced in many episodes. Greenwich village is also home to the real restaurant that inspired the fictional coffee shop, Central Perk, where the close-knit group of friends frequently shared a sofa in so many episodes and where Phoebe famously performed “Smelly Cat.”
You’ll also catch a glimpse of Ross’s nearby apartment, where the other friends often spied on him through their window, and where “Ugly Naked Guy” lived. As you’ll see, it’s not located directly across the street from Monica’s apartment – it would have taken a lot of chopsticks to poke Ugly Naked Guy in its real location!
Washington Square Park has proudly developed a home for a significant number of off-Broadway theater companies and venues. The Lucille Lortel Theater, where Joey performed all his plays, is also located around the corner from the Friends building.
Our family-fun NYC tour is led by local actors and actresses who show you the New York frequented by Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey, and Chandler. This is a must-do sightseeing tour of New York City for any Friends fan.