Finally, fans of Sesame Street can find the place on a map. To celebrate the iconic children’s show’s 50th anniversary, New York City has renamed the intersection of West 63rd and Broadway as Sesame Street, where Sesame Workshop, which produces the show, is based since 1969.
At the dedication ceremony, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “The show made a choice long before more of the media had done it to show all of us, to represent all the people that make up our society, to show black and brown faces, young and old, male and female, and everyone on an equal footing.”
The actual location of Sesame Street has been a matter of much debate, and while you’d think the official dedication would lay this debate to rest, it certainly hasn’t. The multicultural population, brownstone architecture, and bodega depicted in the show have many believing that Sesame Street is more realistically inspired by the outer boroughs than by Manhattan.
While you’re unlikely to find Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Oscar, and Cookie Monster at the corner of West 63rd and Broadway, you can still take a picture and then head out of Manhattan to look for the atmosphere of the show in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.