Even though Friends is set in New York City, there aren't a whole lot of NYC-specific references mentioned throughout the series.
But in Season 7 Episode 15 (The One With Joey's New Brain), we actually find out where Phoebe lives in the Big Apple!
When she and Rachel find someone's cell phone they left behind in Central Perk, he eventually calls the phone and she says to pick it up at her apartment in the West Village.
And this is the exact address she gives him over the phone:
5 Morton Street is apparently the same apartment Phoebe's Grandma lived in at the beginning of the series.
After her Grandma died, Phoebe stayed at the apartment and made it her home. Rachel even lived there with her at one point.
It turns out 5 Morton Street is a real New York City address, so I checked it out in real life to see what's actually there.
The top of Morton Street sits right near Bleecker Street, one of the more famous streets in the West Village.
There's lots of cute restaurants, bars, and coffee shops all in walking distance of where Phoebe supposedly lived, not to mention THIS guitar shop right on the corner of Morton and Bleecker. How appropriate!
Phoebes definitely would've spent a lot of her time at Matt Umanov's.
Her street is small, quiet, and quaint. There's some pedestrian and bike traffic, but very few cars.
And look at all the trees!
Lo and behold, the apartment is inside a charming, brick building.
The 5-floor walk-up has a black painted door with old fashioned moldings — there's a ton of character with fire escapes aplenty.
HEY PHOEBES! IT'S ME, AT YOUR HOUSE!
After checking out Phoebe's apartment, I wanted to see how far she theoretically lived from the building where Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Rachel lived.
And it was just a short, 4-minute walk!
Now that we know how easy it was for the gang to all hang out, everything makes perfect sense. Morton and Bedfort Street even share a corner!
A quick stroll through the streets of the West Village can lead you from 5 Morton Street to this famous corner on Bedford.