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'Sesame Street' Celebrated Its 50th Birthday With A Surprise Honor From New York City

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Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

Why, yes. Yes, I can.

The acclaimed children's educational program turns 50 this year. That's five decades of being asked how you get to Sesame Street. It's a question that now has an official answer.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the city of New York has named an intersection after the magical street.


Even Waze can tell you how to get there now!





Continuing their year long celebration, Sesame Street is being honored with having an intersection named for the titular street.

While you might get more of a Brooklyn or Queens vibe from the depiction on the show, apparently Sesame Street is in Manhattan. The intersection chosen for this honor is West 63rd Street and Broadway, fittingly next to the Sesame Street workshop.

In 2009, for the show's 40th anniversary, this same intersection was temporarily named Sesame Street. Now, the change is permanent, allowing an answer to the catchy question.

Sesame Street has meant a lot to people, having a great influence on children in their developmental phase. There are many who see Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch as powerful icons as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny.

So it's understandable if you cry a little bit.





For the unveiling of the name, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal were joined by Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo and many other monsters to commemorate the event.

Mayor de Blasio said,

"Fifty years of making people's lives better. Fifty years of having people believe in themselves."

The intersection was crowded with hundreds of fans excited to see this legendary show given this recognition.

They were also excited to see their favorite muppets live, and up close.





This event is part of a year long celebration for the children's show. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who's been a guest on the show many times over the years, wrote a piece for the Hollywood reporter about his experience with the show.

That's pretty impressive, since his first guest spot was during it's inaugural year in 1969.

Cookie Monster surprised the internet and hosted a Reddit AMA or Ask Me Anything. While you might think the internet can ruin anything, the AMA was surprisingly wholesome.

Additionally, there is a musical movie in the works, with Anne Hathaway attached to star.

What else will this anniversary year have in store for our muppet friends?