Although 25 years have passed since the popular sitcom “Friends” was on the air, time has not dwindled fans’ love for the show. And apparently, the fondness for the iconic sitcom is still very much alive in its stars, too. When Courteney Cox, who played Monica Gellar on the series, returned to the real-life site of her old apartment in New York City, thousands of fans reminisced right along with the star.
In a video that has since been liked more than 600,000 times on Instagram, Cox pretends to head home to her spacious and quirky unit. She captioned the video, “The One Where My Rent Went Up $12,000,” in reference to the format of the show’s episode titles. Considering that the average sales price in Manhattan was $1.9 million for condos in existing buildings, Cox may have even underestimated the rent of where her character used to dwell. Reportedly, the most recent one-bedroom lease at 90 Bedford Street (the real address of the building) cost tenants $3,395 per month. Even though Monica’s two-bedroom pad was rent controlled, it’s hard to imagine that a young chef and a waitress would have been able to afford it.
Still, fans are always willing to suspend their disbelief in order to be part of such a special part of television history. Although a good paint job can last for up to a decade, most interior decorators would recommend updating a room’s decor every five to 10 years. But “Friends” fanatics would like to remember Monica’s apartment the way it always was on the show — purple door and all.
That may be why there have been numerous exhibits and immersive experiences centered around the series that have emerged since the show’s finale. Last year, there was a pop-up bar in Chicago centered around “Friends” memorabilia and recreated versions of well-known locations from the show. There’s also talk that it’s possible Warner Bros. might be planning to release Central Perk-branded merchandise and edible goodies, prompting people to wonder whether there might be a possibility that the coffee shops could one day become a reality. And this summer, there’s a special UK tour called Friendsfest, hosted by Comedy Central, that will allow fans to get a taste of what it might have been like to be on set. And if you can’t make it to any of those, you can always do what Cox did: find the exterior locales used most often in the show.
If all else fails, however, at least all of the episodes are on Netflix — for now, at least.