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Do you think of Sesame Street as a real street?

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by DTF, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Active Member

    You should have walked over to a trash can, knock on it, and see if a grouch lived in it. I know I would have. Or check to see if a 6 ft tall yellow bird was walking around.
  2. dinoboy

    dinoboy Member

    Yes, I think that Sesame Street is a real street. However trying to find it in NYC would be impossible, let alone exausting with all that walking. Persoanaly, I would think that it would be a great idea if there was an actual replica of Sesame Street in NYC, where the kids could play and learn safely, the muppets would be animatronic or walk around costumes. Actors would dress up like the cast of SS to greet the kids who come to play.
  3. ngreen522

    ngreen522 New Member

    Ya know, Sesame Place has all of that and it's really not too far. You could hitchhike, bus, or yellow cab it - No problem.

    Okay, seriously, I think it's worth the drive. Just grab some kids and go.
  4. JLG

    JLG Member

    In my mind it's a real street somewhere in Manhattan (though admittedly cul-de-sacs are rare in Manhattan). In that universe, it's normal for some people to have "screens" following them around. In every TV show that breaks the fourth wall, in that universe it's just a fact of life that a screen follows some people's lives, with an ever-present audience watching.

    And regarding letters and numbers, as Bert said in Muppet Family Christmas, "Where we come from, this is small talk." There have been a few self-aware references over the years that the people on Sesame Street are oddballs. Like that time in '75 or so when Bob and Gordon were playing "One of These Things" with some chairs, and the chair delivery guy thought they were a couple of nutjobs (It was hilarious because he was reacting like any person from the 'real world' would. :D)

    So a "screen" with an agenda of teaching children, somehow made itself known to the number/letter-oriented residents of that neighborhood about 40 years ago, and that's how it's been ever since. I don't dwell too much on the details. :rolleyes:

    It's also a nice "echo" of things that Big Bird, while on the Muppet Show, mentioned that that and Kermit live in the same neighborhood. I imagine that Kermit would travel across town to the Muppet Theater and come home to Sesame Street at night (probably after getting lost every single time since the street's location appears to be hard to pin down even to the people who live there.)
  5. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

  6. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    None of the links work.
  7. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    Yes, but not from any specific place - not New York, not Chicago, etc. just a street. At least, I didn't when I was a kid. A street where you can't be shot, or mugged, or generally feel unsafe/scared. I would pay a lot of money to spend even five minutes there. It would make me the happiest I've been in years... or ever, really.
  8. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Technically, Sesame Street "canon" places the street somewhere in New York; the characters have confirmed that detail several times. (Global Grover, for instance, mentions taking NYC roads to come home from his trips.) If they're telling the truth about that detail of their universe, I imagine the neighborhood as a quiet, renovated set of housing projects along a cul-de-sac. Whatever magic lets text float in mid-air during lessons, fairy spells to put tutus on the residents, and omnivorous monsters to co-exist with giant talking birds...also hides the Sesame Street neighborhood from people. (Think of the hidden railroad platform in that Harry Potter movie, and you get the general idea.) Even the residents occasionally get confused by the magic surrounding their street; there's a reason Gordon admits it's "not the easiest place in the world to get to". :confused:
  9. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh New Member

    Agreed. The Street--like many of Henson's work--is surrounded by magic, so it's hard to pin down or get to (hence why people ask how to get there in the theme song), just as the Labryinth would be, or finding The Muppet Theatre, or trying to get Down to Fraggle Rock...XD

    To us fans it is easy to see the places in our mind's eye, but in the real world, people are so involved in their own little lives, that they fail to see the magic that surrounds them (which is basically what Uncle Matt, Cantus, and Majory were saying to Gobo as the young Fraggle was trying to communicate with Doc). ^_^
  10. Ignorance

    Ignorance New Member

    When I was younger, I probably thought that Sesame Street was not a real street and after filming the muppets went home and um... were muppets. :o

    But now, I believe in the magic of it being a real street.
  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    He's kinda like their personal assistant, or aid. You can imagine him running to get Oscar's coffee for him in the mornings.
  12. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Yeah! I mean as long as there is ketchup in it... :grouchy:
  13. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    Out of curiosity (and sheer will to procrastinate), i searched google maps state by state and came up with 88 Sesame Streets in the U.S. and 9 in Canada. With that many choices, I should try to live on one of them sometime! Though one of the Florida ones is in a neighborhood of Ali Baba themed streets, most of these sesame streets seem to be new, like on the edges of developments, so most likely named after our favorite street. The one in Maine is next to Big Bird Street...which sounds slightly less cool to get to write on your envelopes...

    AL: Dadeville
    AK: Anchorage, North Pole, Juneau
    AR: Lonsdale, Conway, White Hall
    CA: Bakersfield, Torrance, San Diego, Madera, Chula Vista, Lake Forest, Nevada City, Shasta, Yuba, Paradise
    CO: Aspen
    FL: Middleburg, North Port, Opa-Locka, Palatka, Wewahitchka, Hudson, Miami, Sarasota, Palm Beach Gardens, Englewood
    GA: Columbus
    IL: Franklin Park
    IN: Portland, Dillsboro
    IA: Cherokee
    KY: Morehead
    ME: Skowhegan
    MA: Middlesex, Bristol, Billerica, Tewksbury, Wakefield
    MI: Oakland
    MN: Rogers
    MO: Camdenton
    MT: Butte
    NE: Fremont
    NH: Keene, Raymond
    NJ: Clarksboro, Camden
    NM: Rio Arriba
    NY: Old Chatham, Kings Park, Rock Tavern, Wurtsoro, Ithaca, Plattsburgh
    NC: Waynesville
    OH: Springboro, Dayton, Convoy, Cincinnati, Athens
    PA: Bethlehem, Erie, Bloomsburg
    RI: Westerly
    SC: Florence, McColl, Walhalla, Laurens, Rocky Hill, Wagener
    SD: Eagle Butte
    TN: Blountville
    TX: Paris, Houston, College Station, Dallas, Santa Fe, Lakehills, Austin, San Antonio
    UT: Salt Lake City
    VT: Randolph
    VA: Richmond
    WV: Mercer
    WI: Stevens Point
    WY: Worland

    BC: Abbotsford
    NS: Truro, Kentville, Yarmouth
    ON: Orillia, Toronto, Cornwall, Mississauga,
    PE: Summerside
  14. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    But to respond to the original question of the thread, I see it as a real street with altered laws of physics, hard to find but there somewhere in nyc. though ss appearances on tv are similar to tms appearances--all the muppets portray an awareness of being actors, and an ability (beyond their age/wisdom on the street) to play to grownup audiences, i still think of it as a real street, sort of reverse from tms model:

    it's not that the muppets have lives we don't see and then they go to work & make the show, but rather that sesame street is where they live and kick back & be themselves, and they come out to perform for us as their jobs (talkshow appearances, murray and global grover segments, and how we see the muppeteers as well as the characters when we watch the show). the street we see on tv is the real place they all live & the show we see is how they are off camera.

    my perception comes from intervews with the cast. i think it was sonia who said that she saw jim & frank express affection through bert & ernie that they would be uncomfortable expressing as themselves. sonia and bob both say the cast isn't acting, they're all actually like that in real life. so on the show you see real characters in bert and frank, maria and sonia, etc.

    and then this made in ny panel last week was about production, and elmo & murray didn't come out to perform, they just came out for a photo after kevin and joey did the panel. it was almost like the monsters were the muppeteers' managers--i mean, if they didn't exist, kevin & joey wouldn't have been there, would they? so basically, i think of the human cast, muppeteers, and muppets doing all the promo stuff as their jobs, and the show is the five hours of their week we see when they're at home. that make sense? ;)
  15. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    I hear every one of your words as i agree with you. It's like what Peanut said to Jeff Dunham on the Christmas Speical just the last Sunday. "If i weren't here you would look stupid." Is what Peanut said to Jeff about him being the star of the show.
  16. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Tempe, Arizona also contains a Sesame Street! :)
  17. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    I'm betting that almost all these real-life streets were named in honor of the TV show (which doesn't make their existence any less interesting). It'd be cool to learn how many of them have child-related businesses (like a day-care center or a toy shop)...I can just imagine some kid bragging to an out-of-town relative that he goes to day care on Sesame Street!
  18. StreetScenes

    StreetScenes Member

    well, the one in Bethlehem, PA has the local PBS station on it, i found out when PA cut PBS's entire operating budget this year.

    i bet a few are in areas where all the streets are named for spices & herbs, but i bet you're right that most were named after the show and therefore in relatively new suburban developments (i mean, look at the list of towns...) which would look and feel NOTHING like the real sesame street.

    on that note, i wonder how many streets there are that have the FEEL of sesame street? ok, probably none with 8ft tall yellow birds, but i mean the utopian urban neighborhood with people who know each other, where neighborhood kids play together relatively unsupervised b/c all the grownups know them & collectively keep an eye on them, with some outdoor chill spots like the steps of 123, and a real corner store (and i don't mean starbucks, which would probably indicate that the neighborhood was gentrified to uncomfortable levels of yuppie pretension). there are probably fewer streets that feel like sesame than are named sesame.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The one in Wakefield is the one I see every so often... there's nothing by it, or around it... it's basically just a suburb out there (which is why I don't see it often enough to take a picture of it), and I only really pass by it when I'm getting a ride out to somewhere I don't frequent that often. Mainly cuz the buses don't run to that mall.

    And in case you're wondering... no... the street sign isn't one of those old timey street signs that the show uses for their logo... just one of those standard rectangular green ones.

    Oddly enough I once found a Cogswell street. And All I could think of was Cogswell is a real name?
  20. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    When you say Oakland, MI do you mean Oakland County? If so I may have to go the distance and try to find it ;) I can just imagine driving up to somebody and asking where I can find Sesame Street.


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