It seems that 1969 was a very special year.
Looking back, you’ll find some of the coolest American muscle cars peaking in their infant stages, such as the Mustang Boss 429 Fastback and the Charger R/T 427 HEMI made famous by the Duke brothers. You’ll find the first Concorde flight in France. You’ll remember what you can of Woodstock, and one man will take a small step on the moon for all mankind.
It’s also the debut year of the children’s educational show Sesame Street on PBS.
Very quickly, the street named after a seed became nationally known, and the question children would sing at the top of their lungs each day was, “can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?”
Originally the show was called “123 Avenue B” to focus on the counting and alphabet principles that would be showcased. However, that’s an actual address in New York City where the show takes place. They decided to go with Sesame Street as a nod to “The Arabian Nights,” and the rest is history.
However, did you know that there are 175 Sesame Streets in the United States? And that in 2019 the city of New York changed the intersection between Broadway and West 63rd Street to officially be called Sesame Street.
So if you hear, “can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street”, it would now be wise to say, “young, innocent child, could you please specify?”
New York state alone has 7 Sesame Streets. If you were sending Oscar the Grouch a letter via “Trashcan on Sesame Street, NY,” your letter carrier would end up returning that undeliverable.
Believe it or not, the state in which Sesame Street is the most popular as a street name is California. There are 23 instances of the famous street, and yet Big Bird has only been seen leaving there in The Muppet Movie.
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Florida and Texas have the 2nd and 3rd most Sesame Streets, respectively, with Florida having 19 and Texas 16.
Just about every state in the Union has at least one street called Sesame Street.
It’s such a popular name, even Guam has a Sesame Street. Gotta wonder which came first for that street name, the Big Bird or the egg?