This weekend, the Friends-version of New York City (yes, The One Without Subways, The One With Unrealistic Apartments, The One With No Bars, and of course The, Uh, One With Only White People) will come back to life inside of a building on Mercer Street in SoHo. The immersive pop-up experience comes from the same people who brought you The Seinfeld Experience, and it will cost $30 to get inside (where you'll spend up to 45 minutes). The run, which goes through October 6th, is currently all sold out, but we swung by this morning, so you can click through to see what you're missing.

If you are a Friends superfan, and you also enjoy immersive experiences — and I do believe there is a big crossover market there — you will love this. The pop-up is incredibly well done, with enough space to move around and form lines around the photo op areas. You'll find over 50 real props from the show (Joey and Chandler's "Best Buds" bracelets, Phoebe's haunted paintings, Smelly Cat litter, Hugsy, and so on), along with recreations of the set. Joey and Chandler's apartment is a centerpiece of the exhibit; oddly Monica's apartment — where the gang hung out more often — wasn't fully recreated, though you can peek through the purple door for the 'gram. The highlight is definitely the masterfully recreated "PIVOT!" couch, from the below scene, one of the more realistic to New York City scenes in the entire series:

Of course, the exhibit ends with a Central Perk cafe and a large gift shop (open to the public), where you can buy a whole bunch of crap (including bags that are an homage to Paul Rudd's character). There will also be trivia nights with "special guests" (we're guessing Gunther!) hosted at 10 p.m. on September 8th, 19th, 22nd and 28th.

All in all, the pop-up is 8,500-square-feet, featuring seven photo ops (and five Rachel wigs).

Exit through the gift shop

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This is all being done in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the show's 1994 debut. And for all of its problems (like not reflecting the city it took place in), it has become an iconic piece of television history. An of-that-TV-era late night comfort show that can always be found on TBS or some streaming platform. A constant. Your sitcom lobster. Even those who didn't watch have taken in references through osmosis.

This week, NY Times critic Wesley Morris revisited the 236 episode arc, reflecting on its problems and its popularity.

“Friends” wasn’t a fantasy during its original run. But I can see why so many people who weren’t alive the first time around have devoured the show on cable and streaming like it’s a tub of ice cream... The show was an oasis: adult women hanging out with adult men, with no monsters to fear, run from or prosecute. That could explain why droves of us are addicted to it. Sure, it’s excellent Easy TV — funnier, dirtier and more audacious than you heard it was, than you remember it being. But maybe, now, “Friends” is a fantasy. If you’re looking to restore some thereness to your life, maybe it’s more than must-see TV. Maybe it’s a clue.

For now, Friends is still streaming on Netflix. And until October 6th, the pop-up will be housed inside 76 Mercer Street. We asked a publicist this morning if more tickets will be released but were not given a direct answer, so if you want to get in there, keep checking their website.