Anyone who has lived in Manhattan, either past or present, will tell you that the air in New York City isn’t typically referred to as “sweet.” However, while the songwriters of Sesame Street’s theme song may have taken extreme creative license with the whole “on my way to where the air is sweet” line, that’s exactly where you’ll find the real Sesame Street — whether you were looking for it or not — right smack dab in the middle of the Big Apple!
In honor of the show’s 50th anniversary, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, and Mayor Bill Deblasio (not a cast member) gathered together in May of 2019 to officially name the intersection of 63rd and Broadway as Sesame Street.
There’s even an official street sign!
It seemed fitting that this would be declared the actual location because while you likely won’t find Oscar the Grouch in a trash can on the street, it’s where the show’s production headquarters have been located for the last half-decade.
Take the 1 uptown to 66th/Lincoln Center, then walk three blocks down to 63rd and take a left on Broadway and BOOM. You just found Sesame Street, grouches!
The mayor also designated May 1st as “Sesame Street Day.” Everyone should be celebrating this day annually by dressing up as one of the characters. (As far as I know, this is merely my opinion — no one else’s.)
Jeffery Dunn, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that owns and produces the show, was quoted as saying, “From the very beginning New York City has been our hometown as well as the physical and emotional inspiration for the street where all the Sesame Street muppets and human characters live.”
(Author’s note: once again stating for the record, Mayor DeBlasio — contrary to popular belief — is not a real muppet or in any way part of the cast.)
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