Sesame Street has a permanent location to honor 50 years of the popular puppet program.
The show's theme song — which says "can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?"— will need to change since that can be answered with "the intersection of Broadway and 63rd Street in New York, New York," according to PopSugar. In reality, if your child ever sings the song to you, you can actually take them to the location because it's now the show's official home. A sign was erected in honor of the show's 50th anniversary, and characters like Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and more were in attendance with Mayor Bill de Blasio to celebrate.
Sesame Street debuted on November 10, 1969, and is still running to this day almost 50 years later. In that time, the characters — created by Jim Hensen, the mind behind The Muppets and Fraggle Rock — have become icons in pop culture. It's a show almost every kid who grew up in North America has watched in their formative years.
And it turns out, there are real benefits to viewing the show as well. In 2015, a study from University of Maryland economist Melissa Kearney and Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Levine found that the show has real, tangible long-term benefits. According to their research, children who watched the show were more likely to keep up with their grade level. Its a great argument in favor of children's programming, and even more of a testament to how good the show is at teaching kids.
With all that in mind, the creators of the study told Huffington Post the show shouldn't replace actual early childhood educational programs, rather, it's a very good compliment to the more institutional learning they should be receiving.
Most of us grew up watching and learning through Sesame Street, so while some — even those who haven't watched the show in a long time — probably cracked a smile when seeing a real-life sign with the name of the show erected in an actual intersection. For those with children, this was probably a cool event to attend, and if you couldn't be there in person, maybe now you can tell your child how to get to Sesame Street.