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This Is Where Sesame Street Is Filmed

For over five decades, children and adults have wondered, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?" Thanks to a 2019 celebration of the show's 50th anniversary shared on Twitter, there's finally an answer to that question. To find "Sesame Street," fans of the show simply need to head to Manhattan, locate Broadway, and head to 63rd, which is now officially Sesame Street.

Of course, kids looking to meet their favorite muppets like Kermit the Frog might be in for an unfortunate surprise because the street is Sesame in name only. The Sesame Street on Broadway bears little resemblance to the set that viewers are undoubtedly familiar with. In fact, New York Magazine explains, many of the specific buildings were based on an amalgamation of New York City influences pulled together by the original designer, Charles Rosen. For instance, the brownstone apartment in which Bert and Ernie live in the garden level was based on Rosen's Columbus Avenue home. The subway station was based on the former 72nd Street and Broadway stop, while Rosen also drew influences from different parts of the city, including Harlem and the Bronx.

So how do you get to the real "Sesame Street"? To find the answer to that question, fans of the show would have to visit a studio tucked away in Queens. Here is where "Sesame Street" is filmed.

Sesame Street has been filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios since 1993

"Sesame Street" aired its first episode in November 1969 and has since become one of the longest-running children's in American history. A lot has changed over the years, and while "Sesame Street" has always committed to a message of sharing, caring, and fun for young children, filming locations for the show have fluctuated.

According to New York Magazine, the show was first produced at Teletape Studios on 81st Street and Broadway in New York City, 20 blocks down the road from the avenue the city would one day rename Sesame Street in the show's honor. The show then migrated to a studio once used by CBS, most notably for the "The Dick Cavett Show," located on Ninth Avenue and 55th.

However, "Sesame Street" would find its most permanent home in 1993, when it moved to the Kaufman Astoria Studios. The studio, located in the Astoria section of the Queens borough of New York, is one of the largest film production complexes in the city, with the only Hollywood-style backlot in town, according to Untapped New York. However, when USA Today visited "Sesame Street," they found that the set was in a tiny section of the studio, while bigger shows like "Nurse Jackie" and "Orange Is the New Black" filmed nearby.

So while there is a way for fans to find their way to "Sesame Street," it may end up looking a little different than they expected – either a lot bigger or a lot smaller.