Fifty years to the day that Sesame Street first aired on PBS in 1969, yellow and green lights illuminated the New York skyline as the Empire State Building took on show's signature hues.
The Big Apple landmark yesterday, 10 November, displayed the pre-school show’s colours and welcomed Big Bird to the tower to “recognise Sesame Street’s contribution to the engagement with and education of children and families for 50 years”.
The Mayor’s Office of New York City also declared 8 November 2019 to be Caroll Spinney Day in honour of the retired puppeteer who for years brought Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird to life. Spinney was also presented an official proclamation at the Empire State Building’s visitors center.
Anne del Castillo, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, says: “I am honoured to offer the Mayor’s proclamation declaring November 8, 2019 ‘Caroll Spinney Day,’ in recognition of this master puppeteer who gave life to two of Sesame Street’s most engaging characters, both of which have brought so much joy and learning into our lives.”
Steve Youngwood, president, Media and Education, and COO, Sesame Workshop, adds: “From the very beginning, New York City has been our hometown, as well as the physical and emotional inspiration for Sesame Street.
"We are thrilled to celebrate our milestone anniversary with the Mayor’s Office and the landmark Empire State Building – partners who also celebrate diversity, embrace innovation and encourage us all to reach for the skies.”