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123sesamestreet

123 in Season 35.

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Xmasroof

Roof of 123, as seen in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

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The basement laundry room (Episode 3223)

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The back door leading to the garden area, introduced in season 39

46-Area

The rear of the building in season 46, made into an outdoor sitting area.

123 Sesame Street is the most famous address on Sesame Street. It is a large, two-story brownstone apartment building with an inviting front stoop.

The basement of the building contains the rather spartan apartment of Ernie and Bert, as well as the laundry room. The first floor apartment was originally home to Gordon, with his wife Susan and son Miles. Gordon and Susan appeared to be the owners of the building. The top floor was home to Luis with his wife Maria and daughter Gabi. Originally Gordon's sister Olivia lived in the top floor apartment, but she moved away when Maria and Luis got married. With its big fireplace, the upper apartment was a favorite gathering place during cold weather and blackouts. The roof of the building is where Bert keeps his pigeon coops. It is also a favorite gathering place for social events such as weddings and sing-alongs. The area directly to the right of the building is a courtyard that forms a living area for Big Bird. In season 42, Maria was made the new building superintendent.

Grover has been a resident; the 1985 book "When Grover Moved to Sesame Street" shows Grover and his mommy moving into 123. Other books like "Grover's Bad, Awful Day", show Grover and his mommy living in a house and other books show them living in another apartment across the street.

As of 2011, there were some available apartments at 123 Sesame Street. Elmo says that his parents consider the rent for the building quite economical, especially compared to other rental facilities in New York City.[1]

While the front doors of the building are famously green, they were briefly changed to red in season 33 and 34, as well as in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.

For the major set changes in season 46, the brownstone was left relatively untouched, though some changes to the surrounding area were made. Gordon and Susan's apartment became the new apartment of Elmo, with his bedroom taking the place of their cornerstone living room. A new dumpster united was placed in the low wall in the front of the building, becoming the new location for Oscar and his trash can. While a back door to the building was added in season 39, the space behind the building was opened up more, with direct access to the garden and Big Bird's nest. Some proposed ideas included shifting the brownstone to be the centralized location of the block or adding a "playable space" in front of the building similar to those found in Caroll Gardens, Brooklyn.[2]

Merchandise

Fisher-Price made a playset of 123 Sesame Street as part of its Little People line in 1975. When Palisades Toys got the license to make "Sesame Street" action figures, the original plan was to release two different types of figures: collector's-market versions that came with parts of the street and family-market versions without extra pieces. The street pieces were to be put together into a playset and the first series was to come with parts of 123 Sesame Street.

Notes

  • An altered version of "123 Sesame Street" is the proper of Sesame Street 's Japanese co-production, from season 2 onwards.
  • "123 Sesame Street" is, as of late 2008, an actual address in the rural town of Springboro, Ohio.
  • A landlady for the building was considered as a new recurring character for the tenth season.[4]

Actual locations called 123 Sesame Street

  • Randolph, Vermont: Road too short, no such number. Within Able Mountain Campground.

Sources

  1. Aubry D'Arminio, "Sutton Foster and Elmo talk 'Sesame Street,' premiere clip from the Broadway star's upcoming appearance", Entertainment Weekly, 10 June 2011.
  2. The Outline: "How to gut Sesame Street"
  3. inFANity
  4. Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal, pages 114-115