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Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the TV show Friends premiered? We still think that some people who visit New York City wander around looking for Central Perk, the iconic corner coffee shop hangout. They might even have dinner at Little Owl, at the corner of Bedford Street and Grove Street where the fictional cafe was located.

In honor of the 20th anniversary, Warner Bros. and  Eight O’Clock Coffee are installing a pop-up Central Perk in SoHo for two days. Gothamist has pointed out the noticeable lack of rugs in the recreation, while we think the rather dreary Second-Life looking renderings mostly indicate a cafe full of stuff to buy, which isn’t surprising given that Warner Bros. Consumer Products is a partner in the event.

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Nonetheless, it’ll still be fun to sit on the original couch prop, try some Central Perk-roast (special edition for the anniversary), and maybe crash the stage with our own singer-songwriter improv. Hey, at least two of us were in indie rock bands so it’s legit right?

Look for Central Perk on September 17 and 18 at 199 Lafayette Street, at the corner of Broome Street.

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