Courteney Cox visited New York City this week and delighted fans by stopping by her old Friends apartment where she remarked on the rent increase felt throughout in the neighborhood.
The iconic building, located in the West Village, was used for external shots of Monica, Rachel, Chandler, and Joey's apartments in the hit NBC television series, which originally aired from 1994 to 2004. As reported by Page Six, Cox seized the opportunity to finally address the popular fan query regarding how her character of Monica Geller and Jennifer Aniston's Rachel Green could have ever afforded to live there so cheaply. Apparently, the girls only had to pay $200 a month for their incredibly spacious pad.
In a video posted on her Instagram, Cox bids her followers goodnight and tells them she is going home. She then crosses the street towards the building while a transitionary sound clip often used in the show plays in the background.
During the original run of Friends there was a long-standing joke about how the two girls could afford the apartment in the first place. After all, the interior shots showed a spacious two-bedroom apartment and the exterior is situated on the corner of Grove and Bedford, in an area which currently commands a $4,500 average rent for a two-bedroom apartment.
Even more curious is the fact that both girls frequently had unstable or low-income jobs, yet somehow managed to continue living in the apartment without showing signs of money problems. The rent joke went on so long the writers eventually offered an explanation in one episode, attributing the girls' low living costs to a rent-controlled lease Monica inherited from her grandmother.
Cox titled the Instagram video "The One Where My Rent Went Up $12,000", in a homage to both the joke and the series' episode titles, which all followed the same format.
The visit is not the only recent Friends throwback for Cox. At the beginning of February, she appeared as a guest on The Ellen Show. During her interview, she spoke to Ellen about joining Instagram, and the host admitted she had a surprise for her. After revealing a small Friends-themed set in the studio, she also brought out Cox’s co-star Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay.
The photos from that encounter are Cox’s first on her Instagram account. Since then she’s been busy getting the hang of the platform, adding candid shots and videos to her page, as well as some nostalgic photos.
However, the Friends apartment video has been her biggest hit so far, racking up 1.6 million views and almost 25,000 comments. Nostalgia sells and right now with Friends being back in the limelight, thanks to its addition to Netflix, Cox is on point with her content and her comments.