By Emil Valerio
EBC New York Bureau
NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Many people are familiar with the question posed in the theme song “Sunny Days” which asks viewers how to get to Sesame Street. The popular television show “Sesame Street” is a pioneer in using TV as means of teaching generations of young children important life lessons such as the alphabet, how to count, and good values.
As children grew older though, they learned that Sesame Street does not physically exist in real life and can only be found on television and in books. Not anymore. On May 1, 2019, the City of New York renamed a portion of 63rd Street as “Sesame Street.” Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the new street sign at the corner of 63rd Street and Broadway and declared the day as “Sesame Street Day.”
According to the Sesame Street Workshop website, New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal sponsored the bill to officially rename West 63rd Street between Broadway and Central Park West in Manhattan as Sesame Street to commemorate the show’s 50th year anniversary. Council Member Rosenthal represents the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
The newly named Sesame Street is just a few steps south of the building occupied by the Sesame Street Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at 1900 Broadway in New York. Other landmarks near Sesame Street are Central Park to the east, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to the west and Columbus Circle to the south.
Now we know the answer to the question: “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?” It’s between Broadway and Central Park West in Manhattan.
(Eagle News Service)