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Sesame Street is a fictional street located in Manhattan (a borough in New York City). The street serves as the location for the American children's television series of the same name, which is centered around 123 Sesame Street, a fictional brownstone building.

Location

The fictional Sesame Street is set to represent a neighborhood of New York City. The specific neighborhood that it is supposed to represent is disagreed upon. Art director Victor DiNapoli has stated that it is supposed to be located on the Upper West Side. Sesame Street's co-creator, Joan Ganz Cooney, stated in 1994 that she originally wanted to call the show 123 Avenue B, after the Alphabet City area of the Lower East Side and East Village.

The opposite side of Sesame Street is not part of the set, though there are some rare occasions of seeing the other side from another location. The opposite side of Sesame Street has been seen in the two Sesame Street movies.

Notable locations on Sesame Street

123 Sesame Street

Sesame Street primarily revolves around a brownstone-type row house called 123 Sesame Street. The house is a three-story building with a daylight basement, totaling three known apartments.

  • On the first floor lived the Robinson family. Elmo moved there with his family in Season 46.
  • On the second floor lived the Rodriguez family. Originally Maria lived there on her own until she married Luis and had Gabi. Buffy would live with her when she came to stay.
  • Bert and Ernie live in the basement.

The building was meant to appear typical of New York neighborhood brownstones, being described as a "survivor of gentrification" by art director Victor DiNapoli.

Oscar the Grouch’s Trash Can

Oscar the Grouch’s Trash Can sits in front of a fence made of salvaged doors and is where Oscar the Grouch lives. Oscar the Grouch's Trash Can is deeper than anyone suspects. In the first episode, Gordon mentioned that the Trash Can had three and a half bedrooms. The seemingly bottomless domain houses a variety of diverse Grouch amenities and luxuries. Oscar's girlfriend Grundgetta is his most recurring visitor to his Trash Can. In "Sesame Street Visits the Firehouse", Gordon mentioned that in Oscar’s Trash Can lived, "Two elephants, a puppy, a rhino, a goat, and a worm." The first time when the interior of Oscar's Trash Can was explored as a setting was in the 1999 film The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, when Elmo impatiently enters the Trash Can in search of his blanket. In Season 46, as part of the set redesign, the Trash Can was moved to the other end of the front of 123 Sesame Street. It is now part of a recycling center with a Compost bin and. Oscar has the ability to pop up in different locations all over the street.

Big Bird’s Nest

Behind the doors is Big Bird’s Nest, where Big Bird lives. One of the windows of Gordon and Susan's apartment overlooks the nest. Big Bird’s Nest was later redesigned following a hurricane that hit Sesame Street. Big Bird's best friend Mr. Snuffleupagus is the most frequent visitor to his nest. The construction doors were removed in Season 46 and the nest now rests in a tree, out in the open.

The Arbor

To the left of 123 is a forecourt that serves as the entrance to a carriage house. The forecourt called the Arbor serves as a playground, and separates 123 from a tenement. The set continues to the left of the Arbor as the street turns to the left. In the first season, the Arbor was a tiny location between the two buildings, as there was no curve in the street. In the late 1990s, the characters decided that the neighborhood needed more green space and built a community garden in a vacant lot behind the Arbor. The garden behind the Arbor is where Stinky the Stinkweed resides.

At one time, the carriage house that serves as its backdrop housed a garage. Susan kept her Volkswagen there while at other points Oscar (who has also been shown as the owner of the garage) has kept his Sloppy Jalopy there and Hiroshi used the space as his art studio. For a while, it was the location of Gina's veterinary practice, and later Charlie's Auto Repair garage. During the Season 46 set redesign, it was converted to a community center with the community garden being extended behind 123, connecting onto Big Bird’s nest area while becoming Abby Cadabby’s home.

Hooper's Store

Hooper's Store is located immediately after the bend in the road. It serves as a lunch counter and general store. Above the building were the apartments of Bob, David and now, Charlie.

Hooper's Store was opened by Mr. Harold Hooper in 1951. David worked at the store from 1971-1983 and became the proprietor of Hooper's Store following the death of Mr. Hooper (which was the result of the death of Will Lee).

In 1989, David moved away to live with his grandmother and left the store in the hands of a retired firefighter named Mr. Handford. The store’s current proprietor is Alan who bought the store from Mr. Handford in 1998.

Owners

  • Mr. Hooper (1951-1982)
  • David (1982-1989)
  • Mr. Handford (1989-1998)
  • Alan (1998-present)

Employees

  • Tom (1970-1972)
  • David (1972-1982)
  • Piri - (1984-1986)
  • Gina - (1987-1995)
  • Carlo - (1995-1998)
  • Gabi - (2004)
  • Miles - (2006)
  • Chris - (2007-present)

The Sesame Street Library

The Sesame Street Library is a common point of interest on Sesame Street. A Lending Library was located next to Hooper's Store in the spot that has since housed the Fix-It Shop, the Mail-It Shop, and the Laundromat and before that a pet shop. Maria worked there while Grover would occasionally help out. All the residents of Sesame Street would come to borrow books. Linda worked as a librarian for several years in a different library that has at different times been located across the street from 123 and in another part of New York City. The library was later seen located next to the Subway Station where the bike shop is now (in a 2007 episode) and a pop-up library in the arbor featured in an episode that aired in 2019.

The Fix-It Shop

The Fix-It Shop opened in Season 3 as the L & R Fix-It Shop run by Luis and Rafael. Rafael departed at the end of the season and Luis ran the business by himself until he hired Maria in 1976. Maria was later promoted to full-time partner in 1981 and in 1988 the two got married. The street’s residents would bring their Brocken items to be fixed, toasters were the shop’s specialty.

Mail-It Shop

In 2002, Maria and Luis converted the Fix-It Shop into the Mail-It Shop which they ran with their daughter Gabi. Residents of Sesame Street would use the Mail-It Shop to send and receive letters and packages. Grover occasionally did delivery work for the Mail-It Shop. It was turned back into the Fix-It Shop in 2006.

Laundromat

The Laundromat is the current business operating next to Hooper's Store after the Fix-It Shop was removed in 2008. This is where the residents of Sesame Street do their laundry. The Laundromat was originally run by Leela and has since been seen in the care of Nina and Grover among others.

Previously, in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, a Laundromat was seen across from 123 Sesame Street (which has also been seen as a library and a thrift shop). There also used to be a laundry room in the basement of 123 that was available for use by the residents of the street.

Subway Station

Sesame Street has its own Subway Station, which is a replica of the 72nd Street Subway entrance. It was originally seen on the "Around the Corner" part of Sesame Street until it was transferred to the main Sesame Street set, next to the Fix-It Shop, when Around the Corner was removed.

Bicycle Shop

In Season 45, a Bicycle Shop appeared in the vacant storefront near the Subway Station that was briefly used for a flower shop. It was opened by Luis who sold bicycles and also repaired them and sold other bike-related items. It was opened as a result of the closure of the Fix-It while Maria became the superintendent of 123. It is now run by Nina who started working there part time in Season 46 and took over management the following season. As part of the rare views of the other side of Sesame Street, the Bicycle Shop is next to a CGI depiction of Manhattan where it shows a playground and the Triborough Bridge among the cityscape.

Newsstand

In Season 46, a newsstand was added in between the Subway Station and what is currently the Laundromat. It is run by The Two Headed Monster. There previously was a newsstand Around the Corner run by Oscar in between the Subway Station and the park that sold Grouch newspapers, newspapers and magazines with dirt or fish inside and out of date newspapers. Hoopers Store has also functioned as a Newsstand with one lying in front of the building.

Other locations in the neighborhood

Other locations on Sesame Street include the following:

  • Mr. MacIntosh's Fruit Cart - Mr. MacIntosh, played by Sesame Street’s floor manager, had a fruit cart that roamed the street selling a wide variety of fruits from around Season 3 to the late 1980s.
  • Willy's Hot Dog Stand - A rolling hot dog stand that Willy operated from the early 1970s to the late 1980s.

Around the Corner

Around the Corner was an expansion of the set seen from Season 25 (1993–1994) to Season 29 (1997–1998)

Sonia Manzano quoted that "By expanding the street and going around the corner, we will have other places to hang out beyond the stoop of 123 Sesame Street, and we will be able to explore family issues which we think are so important to kids today."

The Around the Corner parts were dropped by Season 29 (though it did appear in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland). Caroll Spinney and Martin P. Robinson commented that the kids had a hard time keeping up with all the new characters.

Among the known locations of Around the Corner include:

  • 10 Sesame Street - A two-story brick building that adjoins the Subway Station.
    • Finders Keepers - A second-hand store operated by Ruthie on the first floor of the building. It contains items that were previously owned by fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters. Despite her shop being removed from the show Ruthie continued to appear, often in inserts, up until Season 32.
    • Celina's Dance Studio - A dance studio owned by Celina that is on the second floor of 10 Sesame Street. The second floor also featured office space but this was the only known business shown to be located there. Elements of the building still feature in the set today.
  • 456 Sesame Street - A brownstone that was first referenced in "The Sesame Street Treasury" where it was the home of Betty Lou (as revealed in Volume 5) and Herry Monster (as revealed in Volume 9). It has also been seen as the address of many buildings including Count Von Count’s castle, Mr. Snuffleupagus’s cave and the building that currently houses Hooper’s Store and the Laundromat. It was home to Angela, Jamal and their baby daughter Kayla. Anglela ran a Daycare Center in her apartment. After she left Gina moved in and ran a daycare on the first floor.
  • Birdland - A jazz club owned by Hoots the Owl who often introduced its acts. It was located below The Furry Arms Hotel with the entrance located in the alleyway between the hotel and 10 Sesame Street. The club had previously been seen on the show before 1993 but that was first time its exterior had been shown. Birdland is based on a real jazz club that was inspired by famed musician Charlie Parker, whose nickname was "Bird" and who served as the headliner for the club.
  • Furry Arms Hotel - A Muppet Hotel owned by Sherry Netherland with her employees Humphrey and Ingrid (who work as the hotel managers), Benny the Rabbit (who works as a bellhop), Otis the Elephant (an earlier version of Horatio the Elephant who works as an elevator operator), Ernestine the Telephone Operator, and a Dinger (who works as the call bell). It is located next to 456 Sesame Street. The Furry Arms Hotel was one of the few exterior street sets specifically built to puppet scale rather than to accommodate both puppets and human cast members (although human guests occasionally appeared inside). As a result, in Episode 3139 when Gordon and Susan chose to spend the night at the Furry Arms Hotel while their apartment was getting painted, they had to bend over when they went through the revolving door and also had trouble getting their suitcase through the door. The Furry Arms Hotel also houses an indoor swimming pool and a lounge. It continued to be seen in inserts up to around Season 31.
  • The Park - The park contains a playground and some trees (where one of them is the home of the Squirrels). In the video The Best of Elmo, the Park was shown to be located across from the Furry Arms Hotel. A park that may or may not be the same as this one, located across the street has appeared in later episodes.
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