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Henson Company NY

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Infinity Sirius, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius New Member

    I'm curious, who bought he old Jim Henson Company building on 117 E 69th Street in NY, after it was put up for sale?
  2. Blinky_Fish

    Blinky_Fish Member


    I went to see the Mansion in it's state as it sits a few months back on a Henson Crusade... It's pretty sad. It sits with some boards on the steps and all the brick needs to be repointed. Smells like urine in the front. I have pictures and wrote an article, but I don't want to publish it yet because I have other items that need to be address for closure on the Muppet Mansion's fate. But I will readdress my issues and have it ready for Phillip next Month. :super:
  3. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    That is so sad. I was in the building several times when I interned at Henson back in 1999. Matter of fact, my first interview was in Jim Henson's office that the photos can be seen of in Jim Henson: The Works book and on the documentary Henson's Place amongst others. I am so sad that that beautiful building is no longer the Henson home base in NYC. :(

    By the way, I love some of the new emoticons here. Sherlock Hemlock and Wembley! Though I think the Skeksis kind of looks like Bert's pigeons LOL
  4. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius New Member

    I was planning on going to see the Muppet Mansion next month when I went to New York. So much for seeing if the new company would let me in to see the lobby.

    Is there anywhere else in New York that should be seen by a muppet fan?
  5. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I would try the Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television and Radio), they have a huge amount of rare Muppet video material that you can view while you're there.
  6. Blinky_Fish

    Blinky_Fish Member

    A) You should not approach the offices without an appointment. You won't even get in the building. That includes the Sesame Offices, rough I know... But in these times it is a nessasary thing.

    B) The Mansion, is just a building now, there is no indication that special place existed, just a hulk. Sad but true.

    C) Kaufman-Astoria is outside walking distance - you should reconsider because it is a hike and you will be turned away.

    Most of the Muppetty Goodness now resides in Kali-fornia at Chaplin Studios.

    If you want to see some Muppet Sites:

    The street that the Muppets march down and Kermit get's hit by a car is right next to Grand Central Station and 5th Ave. The old Biltmore supposedly. My wife works in that office occasionally so I know it by heart.

    Bryant Park is just around the corner from there. Also a good Spiderman Site at the Central Library where Uncle Ben Dies and the Ghost Busters thing.

    The Helmsley is a backdrop for some Muppetty stuff, But you need to stay down wind of the horse Urine!

    On 5th Avenue - near the park is the World of Disney (555 5th) on the Second floor is a piece of artwork that used to reside in the Mansion stairwell. The Ballon Race - Has all kinds of Schielich figures. Really dusty, so I suggest distance pictures.

    You could visit the Bridge in Central Park (Sesame and the Muppets used this site)

    Times Square - There is the Naked Cowboy, TRU,MTV, ABC,NASDAQ,Bubba Gumps, all for tourists

    Then there is the Port Authority Bus Terminal...

    Things Not to do:
    The TV musem is a HUGE let down, they have almost nothing for the $16 entrance fee. and more than likley they dont have anything to do with Jim Henson on display now.

    MOMA - Might have something... I doubt it.

    The Hot Dogs Stink in NYC - Stick with the Butterd roll or Knish:wisdom: Use SPICY Brown Mustard
  7. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    What do you mean the museum of TV & Radio (now the Paley center) has almost nothing? They have a VAST archive of Henson stuff from Muppets to Sesame. I was just there a few weeks ago for an unrelated (non Henson) event and had some time to spare and went digging through the computer archives and they had tons of things to select to watch. For a visitor to NYC who wants to kill some time and see some awesome Henson stuff, it's an ideal place to go in my opinion.

    I've been a member there for several years now and they have fantastic Henson stuff and usually at least once a year or every couple of years they have a nice full all out Henson event there.
  8. Blinky_Fish

    Blinky_Fish Member

    M - You answered my arguement - The rotating display is never advertised, nor displayed on a regular basis and the oh, so helpful French guy (not to give Frogs of the other nature a bad name) at the counter - is not a Henson fan.

    Been there myself several times on a trip for work... and I find that some of the diplays get more attention than most. And they leave out important contributions based on a generation gap and obvious donations of the financial kind. If you want to see Henson stuff you should go to LA there is more stuff out there.

    M - I still think u rule:D
  9. Infinity Sirius

    Infinity Sirius New Member

    Kaufman-Astoria? Sounds familiar, but refresh my memory what that has to do with the Muppets.

    The office building may be only a building now, but still I would like to see the outside of it.
  10. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with Melissa, The Paley Center/TV Museum is a perfectly good and important place to check out. Of course, I am honestly sorry if anyone had a bad experience, obviously all Museums have their good and bad days. I have had some great experiences there. Thing is, the main point of The Museum is not its displays, and they make a point of explaining that often. Its most important attraction is its enormous and extensive video collection, all of which is easily found and ready to view. They have Muppet specials, episodes, and documentaries that are extremely difficult to find anywhere else today, if at all. :)
  11. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Of course, I do want to add that Blinky Fish made a lot of great suggestions too! ;)

    I just wanted to defend The Paley Center/TV Museum because it has meant a lot to me. :)
  12. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    LOL Thanks. Well, I think the biggest misconception people have about that museum is that it's a museum where they have exhibits on display or that they constantly have screenings of Muppet stuff. Where rather it's more of a archival/library type facility. I know you know this I'm just reiterating this for people around here who might not be familiar with how it works.

    I do have to say though I've been there on random weekends and there's always some sort of Muppet related thing being shown whether it's a Muppet Show episode, or Henson T.V. special, etc. They are VERY supportive of Henson and the vast amount of the company's work. I've never been out to the L.A. branch so I can't say firsthand but I'm very proud to be a member of the NYC branch. They've had some great stuff over the years and I'm sure will continue to do so.
  13. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I agree! I've had amazing opportunities there over the years to see some of my favorite people, Henson related and non. I just met Michael J. Fox there earlier this month!
  14. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Kaufman Astoria is where they currently film Sesame Street and have been the past decade at least.
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    How is Michael doing?
  16. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    He seemed to be doing well. I think whatever medication he's on these days for his Parkinson's is much improved from a few years back. I remember seeing him on T.V. interviews in the past several years ago where he had slurred speech, etc. Now he just kind of shakes back and forth while he was sitting, but standing up and walking he seemed fine.

    Here's a link to my pic with him if you're interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melissay1/2245146407/ And if you check out the rest of my pics there's one with me and his T.V. parents: Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross.
  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    He looks great in the pic, and i know what ya mean about him being an idol he has been mine to. I love him in Famliy Ties the most. how do you meet all these people? Is it being at the right place at the right time or what?
  18. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah he was one of my early childhood crushes and actually for this particular event he was not even originally announced: he came as a surprise guest because he lives in the NYC area. I really went originally to see Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross. So to have Michael J. Fox show up was a real treat.

    As for meeting all these people, basically it's a big hobby of mine and my mom's: to meet famous people and attend events they're going to be at. Or at the very least, hang out by stage doors, etc. Which is exactly how I got the picture with Michael. They weren't allowing photos to be taken inside, so I just waited outside in the front with everyone else, and politely asked him if I could get a picture with him. I belong to a lot of fan sites such as this one to find out where my favorite people are going to be. I go to a lot of fan conventions/collectors shows, book signings, etc.

    I have a bunch of other shots of me with famous people on my MySpace too. www.myspace.com/melissay1 and also strewn throughout my Flickr account.
  19. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I was at that event too! It was great to see all those guests from Family Ties and Spin City and the mother from Happy Days, as well as their creator Gary David Goldberg (who signed my book hehe). Perhaps the most surreal moment was when they played the Family Ties theme song on the screen. I mean, to us it's a classic theme song. For the actors sitting right there, it was their lives!
  20. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Were you there? :) How great was that? I also saw a Henson employee there who shall remain nameless since I know he frequents several of the fan sites. But I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to him. I didn't want to lose my place in line going into the theater because I had left work purposely to get down there on time.

    I even skipped the pre-reception and book signing just so I could get a good seat. LOL I didn't get to talk to Richard Kind or Michael Boatman or even Gary David Goldberg either unfortunately. But Marion Ross, Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross and Michael J. Fox were all really really nice and their stories were great.

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