A Manhattan apartment building becomes a temporary vigil for the late “Friends” actor Matthew Perry
Large numbers of people gathered outside a Manhattan apartment building on Sunday to pay tribute to the late Matthew Perry, the actor who played Chandler Bing on the series “Friends.”
The corner of Bedford and Grove streets in Greenwich Village became a makeshift vigil for Perry, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Saturday. He was 54 years old.
“It’s a sobering moment, it’s very sad, but what he meant and what he showed through his character as Chandler Bing, and throughout his life, it meant a lot,” said Sebastian Vandersper, an NYU student who visited the vigil. Sunday.
Chandler — and the rest of the main characters of the popular ’90s sitcom surrounding the lives of twenty-somethings living in the city — spent their time in the apartment building shown at 90 Bedford Street. Although set in New York City, most of Friends was filmed in Los Angeles, although shots of the exterior of the Greenwich Village building can be seen in the show.
“I have a lot of friends who are very connected to the series, and we all felt very comfortable in it,” said Bella Margareter, a longtime fan of the series, adding that her parents were watching the series finale when her mother went. At work.
Margareter, who lives in London, said the show “is the reason a lot of people move to New York,” adding that it helped shape how people abroad view the city.
Following news of Perry’s sudden death over the weekend, fans of the TV show headed to the popular tourist spot to leave flowers, messages and reflect on the actor’s legacy. By late afternoon, dozens of flower bouquets were left in the street along with a cardboard sign reading “The One Where We All Lost a Friend” — a reference to the show’s episode title format.
Perry was found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home on Saturday. The cause of death is currently being investigated, although local authorities told the Los Angeles Times that no foul play is suspected.
“You think of ‘Friends,’ you think of New York, and when you think of New York, you think of ‘Friends,’” said Achille Trucott, who moved to the city a year ago from Paris, France. The series has been broadcast four times over the past five years. “Friends is, for me, the number one TV show of all time.”