50 years ago on November 10th, 1969
Sesame Street debuts on public television after an earlier test period in July when episodes were shown to preschoolers in Philadelphia and NYC
The show was unique in its urban setting, modeled after New York-style brownstones and incorporating live views of city parks. There is even a subway stop on the Sesame Street block that was made to resemble the 72nd Street station house on the Upper West Side.
If you're ever wondering how to get to Sesame Street, head on down to 63rd and Broadway, where the intersection just outside the Sesame Workshop offices at 1 Lincoln Plaza has been renamed in honor of Sesame Street. If you're wondering where the fictional Sesame Street is, the answer isn't so simple. It's modeled after a variety of Manhattan street scenes, from the Upper West Side to Alphabet City. The show films in Astoria, at the Kaufman Astoria Studios, so it could also be considered the real-life location of Sesame Street!