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The sign over the subway station's entrance indicates that it is a stop for the 1, 2, A and B trains. The only borough of New York City through which the 1, 2, A and B trains pass is Manhattan. Although there is currently no subway station at which these four lines stop, all of them pass through the Columbus Circle station at the intersection of 59th Street and Broadway.
According to Production Designer Victor DiNapoli, the design of the subway station mimics that of the 72nd Street Station on Manhattan's Upper West Side.  In 2016, the facade was revamped with a new, stylized, tile design indicative of those found in the New York City subway platforms.
In the TV special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, the cast rides the subway from a skating rink back to Sesame Street, getting off at the 86th Street station. There are four 86th Street stations in New York City: two on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (a 1 stop and a B/C stop), one on the Upper East Side (a 4/5/6 stop), and one in Brooklyn (an R stop).
In the studio, the subway station façade is over the actual exit door that leads to the dressing rooms and offices.
- Big Bird Follows the Signs (1980)