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Steve Coates
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Posted: 15 August 2019 at 1:42pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Probably due to this thread, I have started watching season 1 of Friends. I haven't seen it since first run and I am very surprised by my recall. I still dislike the things I disliked on first airing and I still like what I liked. And since I am on episode 13, there seems to be more to like than not.

Google Earth and a pan shot from episode 2(?). It is stuff like this which makes my day evaporate. ;) Was it really so smoggy then?

 
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 15 August 2019 at 1:56pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I worked in that block-long building in the lower middle for 7 years! Google now owns the building, so they kicked us out 3 years ago. 

That's some old stock footage they used. Looks like the elevated West Side Highway is still there along the bottom (that section was town down by the mid-80s).

Also odd that they used that vantage point. The neighborhood shown in the foreground is mostly Chelsea, not Greenwich Village. 
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 15 August 2019 at 2:43pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Vinny's right. 

(Also, personally, I thought Chelsea was a lot more fun than the Village by the time "Friends" aired.)
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Vinny Valenti
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Ok, I'm going to embarass myself a bit, but here goes - while I was working in midtown during the mid-90's, I came across the Chelsea-Clinton News newspaper. I was wondering why they'd named a newspaper for the President's teenaged daughter. I didn't realize that it was named for the adjacent neighborhoods Chelsea and Clinton (also known in some parts as Hell's Kitchen).
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Steve Coates
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It was a bit of a challenge, but because I understand a little of stock footage...
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 15 August 2019 at 4:24pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Wasnít Peter Parkerís apartment in Chelsea?
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Michael Penn
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I came across the Chelsea-Clinton News newspaper. I was wondering why they'd named a newspaper for the President's teenaged daughter.

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Sounds like something out of "The Onion" circa the late 90's, Vinny. I took the NY Bar Exam at the Javits... given it was the freakin' Bar, I can only consider it in Hell's Kitchen, nothing so genteel as Clinton!

Sorry, JB, if this tangent went on too long...
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John Byrne

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Posted: 15 August 2019 at 5:21pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

No problem.
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John Byrne

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Just realized RENO 911 has been off for TEN YEARS. Oy.
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John Byrne

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Remembering that I started my FRIENDS marathon with S3, I jumped back to S2. Again reminded of how many of the familiar tropes were nailed in place right from the get-go. I canít recall too many shows that so thoroughly hit the ground running.
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Brian Miller
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Starting VERONICA MARS. 
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