New York City is dynamic. Neighborhoods in lower Manhattan date back to the Dutch colonies, making them older than this country. But new neighborhoods (is Hudson Yards old news, already?) are still popping up around town. The tides of change are relentless: As the show celebrates its 50th anniversary, NYC has now officially inaugurated the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway as the real-life Sesame Street. This happens to be the physical location of the nonprofit that produces the series. That fact aside, those of us who think about the program with childlike wonder can now imagine what these iconic television personalities are doing when they wander out of the Upper West Side. To think this through, I brainstormed with my friend Daniella Balarezo, who used to work on the show. This latest revelation had us wondering what it would be like if we shared the city with some of our friends from Sesame Street.
We’re starting with the low-hanging fruit (ironic because fruit is definitely not part of his diet!). Our guess is that the one-track-minded Cookie Monster doesn’t travel far from the Upper West because Levain Bakery is just around the corner. It’s not hard to imagine him queuing up after work and on the weekends (if he has the patience). If you pass him on the street, share this list of the best cookies throughout the city.
The real, living (tickle-averse) Elmo is probably hanging out in Times Square because he loves the crowds of people and all of the bright lights! The trouble with that: He might be indistinguishable from all the other Elmo impersonators walking around the block.
Like Elmo, Oscar probably frequents the parts of the city with the most foot traffic, but his motives are less altruistic. He might have most recently set up his trash can outside of Hudson Yards to yell at people waiting to explore the Vessel. His favorite spot is definitely that one street in Dumbo where everyone takes pictures (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, it’s time either to go to Dumbo or to scroll a little more through Instagram).
Bert and Ernie
We love to imagine that Bert and Ernie spend their weekends reenacting the scene from the Sex and the City movie where Steve and Miranda meet halfway on the Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe sometimes they meet at the top of the Empire State Building or do a You’ve Got Mail tour around the UWS where they also live. In the summer you might be able to catch them strolling on the Coney Island boardwalk. Bert is definitely more into these plans than is Ernie.
The helpful Grover is probably so eager to make sure people are having a good time in the city that he just hangs out anywhere below Houston Street, where the grid system ends to offer tourists directions. On a busy weekend he might head to Battery Park to make sure you don’t get scammed trying to take a boat to the Statue of Liberty (it happens more often than you’d think!).
Count von Count
The mathematically inclined vampire definitely spends Wednesday nights at Club Cumming with comedian Catherine Cohen (look, the alliteration was too good to pass up).
The impossible-to-miss-in-a-crowd Big Bird and no-longer-invisible best friend Mr. Snuffleupagus are just trying to take in some nature, which isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish in the concrete jungle. Catch them at the New York Botanical Garden or roaming around Central Park in the summer. The options are more limited in the winter.