Good news for Muppets fans: Sesame Street finally exists in real life. As of May 1, Sesame Workshop announced that it will permanently rename the intersection of West 63rd and Broadway in New York “Sesame Street” in honor of the show’s 50th anniversary.
While the company renamed a street in 2009 for the 40th-year celebration, it was only temporary. This year, Sesame Workshop says that Sesame Street, which runs down the same block where its offices are, isn’t going anywhere.
The official naming ceremony, hosted by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and starring everyone’s favorite characters, took place this morning. “Since 1969, Sesame Street has been a quintessential part of New York’s identity,” the show posted on Facebook, along with a photo of Elmo and Grover on top of the Empire State Building.
Its influence on the lives of so many people (not just New Yorkers) is something that the company hopes to continue. “As we celebrate our decades of impact and look ahead to the next 50 years, Sesame Street’s timeless lessons remain the same: Everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity, and joy,” COO of Sesame Workshop, Steve Youngwood, said in a news release.
And the IRL Sesame Street isn’t the only 50-year festivity happening this year. Sesame Workshop has a slew of celebrations planned for 2019, including a nationwide tour with stops in 10 cities and a November prime-time special that will feature some of the show’s past icons.
“It started 50 years ago—a colorful community of monsters, birds, grouches, and humans,” the show’s website reads. “A place where everyone counts. For our anniversary, we are bringing people together from streets far and wide to celebrate 50 years and counting.”
Elmo and Grover are waaaaay up at the top of the Empire State Building looking for Sesame Street! Join us today as we…