17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
The real Sesame Street in New York City.

“Sunny days Sweeping the clouds away On my way to where the air is sweet Can you tell me how to get How to get to Sesame Street?” Take the 1 to 66th! As a Columbia alum it makes me so happy that Sesame Street is officially (revealed for its anniversary) now on the Upper West Side. But more importantly: I taught myself English as a baby by watching Sesame Street (although I was born in Chicago, my parents spoke to me in Cantonese, and I learned Toisanese by listening to my mom’s side of the family). For that I’ll always love Sesame Street, WTTW/PBS, and educational television in general. (Also, when under this sign a young man came up to me and asked, “What are you taking a photo of?” “Sesame Street!” And I had to repeat that several times while he looked everywhere until I went “Look up!” to which he went “Oh I don’t look up enough!” So funny how something I used to say back in college returned when I was back in NYC for my college reunion: Look up! Who cares if people think you’re a tourist or something? There’s nothing wrong with looking at your own city with wonder.)

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: New York City, New York, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 5s
Copyright: © Jenny Lam