Oh, the sad truth.
The guys’ apartment in Friends is a 2 bedroom with a large living room and a (near) eat-in kitchen with an island. IIRC, it’s portrayed to be on Bedford Street in the West Village (good). The windows face the back (bad) and are only in the bedrooms (also bad). Market rent, about $3,000 to $3,600/month. Rent-controlled rent, $1,600 - $1,800, but it would never come on the market. Count on bribing the super two to three month’s rent if you read Chandler’s obit. Chandler can afford it, Joey’s mooching.
The girls’ apartment, across the hall, is unrentable at any price. With that window, are you kidding? And a balcony? Theoretically, it would go for at least $5,000 – $6,000 in that neighborhood and you’d be happy to get it. If they are taking advantage of the rent stabilization rules, a real landlord would bust them in a second for a chance to put that baby on the market
For both apartments, add $250 or so if there’s an elevator (I think there is) and another $300 – $400 if there’s a doorman.
Jerry’s apartment is on W. 81st Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam. It’s a fairly mundane, if large, one-bedroom. Elevator, no doorman (IIRC). He’s on a fairly high floor, facing south (good). Assume that his unseen bedroom is of decent size. Call it $3,000 plus a one-time realtor’s fee of $5,400. Add $350/month if he parks the Saab in the building.
But I’m not apartment hunting or anything.
Livin’ on Tums, Vitamin E and Rogaine