While Sesame Street often featured live-action footage, it was typically interwoven with the Muppet and animated segments. Several early segments took characters into the streets of New York City, such as some Sesame Street News Flash segments, and other sequences shot in Central Park and City Island.
A deliberate attempt to film material out on location was made for the show's 10th anniversary season. Segments took the cast and Muppets (particularly Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and Barkley) to well known locations such as Chinatown, Lincoln Center, and Central Park.
Shooting on location offered the crew the opportunity to film outdoors in natural light, but several segments produced outside of the studio were also located indoors. Examples include a trip to the Museum of Modern Art, two different series shot in day care centers, and direct-to-video releases taped at a supermarket and one in a hospital.
In season 38, a segment called "What's the Word on the Street?" was the first to use Murray Monster out in the public. He soon become the host of the show, appearing in bumpers between segments, all set in New York City. Murray was deliberately kept off the main street set, according to Joey Mazzarino:
This guide excludes film inserts shot on location unless they feature the Muppets or regular human cast.
|Picture||Title / First Appearance||Description|
|Slow motion Big Bird
|Kids narrate a film in which footage is slowed down and sped up. Sequences include kids on a playground, riding a roller coaster, and Big Bird jumping around and being chased in the park.|
|Kermit asks Julia about animal sounds
|Kermit interviews Julia, a little girl, about the sounds animals make. When he asks her what sound a frog makes, she replies "Wiggit! Wiggit!" which doesn't amuse Kermit.
|Kermit asks a man about loud and soft
|Kermit asks a man on the street if he can help demonstrate the difference between loud and soft.|
|Meet at the bridge
|Maria and David look for each other in the park, but have trouble finding one another. The concepts of above and below are demonstrated.|
|Gordon rides his bike around the city.|
|At City Island, Maria and Bob ask Oscar to take their photo. He tells them to step back further and further until they fall off the dock.|
|"Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"
|Judy Collins and the kids sing "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" at City Island.|
|Kermit the Hermit
|Bob plays an explorer named Faversham Svedwick who spends twenty years searching all over the globe for Kermit the Hermit, the Wisest Man in the World. When he finds him, he challenges him to a game of tag.|
|"Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday"
|Bob and the kids sing "Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday".|
|"The Sun Shines"
|Judy Collins and the cast sing "The Sun Shines" at City Island.|
|Olivia sings "Everything Grows" at the Bronx Zoo.|
|Judy Collins and the cast sing about water at City Island.|
|Kermit interviews John-John
|Kermit interviews John-John, asking him to make dog and cat sounds, and making them louder.|
|Gordon hangs out in a classroom. He joins the kids and the teacher as they play with an elastic rope and get into different shapes.|
|In Central Park, the adults ride bikes while the song "Bicycling" plays.|
|The Itinerant Grouch
|Bob is surprised to find Oscar holding a Grouchketeer meeting in Chinatown in an effort to spread grouchiness around the city.|
|"Vamos a Tomar"
|Maria strolls through a Hispanic neighborhood of New York City singing "Vamos a Tomar el Fresco."|
|Oscar Buys Pizza
|In the rain, Maria goes to get some pizza. Oscar asks her to get him a slice and describes the various toppings he wants. Maria suddenly loses her appetite.|
|Luis and a street band perform "Alegria."|
|Luis and a band play "Las Alteñitas" in a city park, as kids come over and dance.|
|Pick Up the Wrapper
|Bob finds a Liver and Onion candy bar wrapper dropped on the ground by Oscar, who denies seeing it. Bob picks it up and puts it to Oscar's face until he admits it's his. Bob explains it's not right to throw trash on the ground and he should pick it up, though Oscar is quick to point out Bob's already done that for him.|
|Big Bird Plays Red Light
|Big Bird plays Red Light/Green Light with the Kids in front of Engine Company 74.|
|Out on the streets of New York City, Big Bird makes sure the kids understand the meaning of the "Walk" and "Don't Walk" signs.|
|The Corner Newsstand
|Gordon happens by a newsstand run by Oscar the Grouch (filling in for Sid Sourpuss). The newsstand carries various Grouch reading materials, so Oscar sells Gordon with a magazine with absolutely no grouchy words in it at all - the pages are all blank.|
|Maria accompanies Big Bird to a bandshell in Central Park, where Big Bird wants to get good seats for an upcoming concert. After spending much time figuring out whether to sit near or far from the stage, he finally settles on a spot in the middle of the area...only the concert isn't starting until 8 o'clock the next evening.|
|On the streets of New York City, Luis explains to the kids how a garbage truck collects and disposes of trash. He's surprised to see the truck is operated by Oscar, whose rented the truck from "Grouch Rent-a-Heap." Oscar doesn't intend on taking the load to any city dump, but rather to his trash can back on Sesame Street.|
|David sings "Street Fever" as he finds rhythms in doing ordinary tasks, such as sweeping and hammering, around the city.|
|Big Bird talks about noses and beaks, and what his beak can do. He tells Olivia, "I'm awful sorry about your nose."|
|The cast, followed by Oscar in his trash can, jog in Central Park.|
|Big Bird's Safety Talk
|Big Bird walks down the street, describing the difference between the actual street and sidewalks.|
|Olivia finds Big Bird repeating "G, G, G" to himself. He explains it's a memory trick to help remember a letter he received from his cousin Esmeralda regarding her 14 newly-hatched eggs - his immediate response was, "Gee!"|
This is a remake of a scene from Episode 0539, which was a remake of a scene from Episode 0027.
|Big Bird and Bob walk around Chinatown, where Big Bird expresses his fear the many dragons they have around. Bob explains the dragons are just puppets they use for celebrations. Just then, a dragon puppet pops out from a staircase, startling Bob. Big Bird comforts him, telling him it's only a puppet.|
|"Oscar's Bill of Gripes"
|Oscar holds a rally outside Central Park (by the USS Maine National Monument) to bring awareness of the Grouches' Bill of Rights, but more commonly referred to as the "Bill of Gripes." He sings about the various things the document protects a Grouch's right to do, such as the right to be miserable all the time or play their broken trumpet at night. His audience, consisting of people and Grouches (along with Gordon and Willy), eventually abandon the cause and leave.|
|Finding the Balloons
|In the park, Maria and some kids play with Barkley, telling him whether he's near or far some balloons they've hidden.|
|Driving in the city
|On the streets of New York City, Gordon drives Susan to an apartment, where she will be tending to somebody sick.|
|While reading the paper outside the Lincoln Center (near Henry Moore's Reclining Figure), Bob's attention shifts to three musicians. They play the recorder, bassoon, and guitar as Bob vocalizes from their sheet music.|
|Barkley joins Maria and the kids for a game of hide-and-seek in a New York City park. He's not very good at hiding while Maria counts, so she makes him "it" while she and the others hide. They find Barkley isn't very good seeking either.|
|While strolling through Central Park, Gordon accidentally lets his sandwich wrapper fall to the ground instead of the litter basket. Oscar emerges from within and explains the importance of not littering, especially because of a deal he made with the local Parks Department - any trash in the can belongs to him. Gordon, Maria and the kids collect more litter for Oscar, who feels as though he's in Heaven.|
|Luis plays "Giant Steps" with the kids in the park. Oscar can't tolerate hearing them say "May I?" over and over and starts up his own game of "Grouch Steps." Luis and the kids take several steps backwards away from Oscar's can, giving him enough space to be left alone.|
|Big Bird waits at a bus stop in the city (with Jon Stone as a bystander). Big Bird sees "No Standing" on the sign and assumes that means he can't stand still. He walks around, then dances (singing "Hava Nagila") before sitting down on the curb. Gordon pulls up in his car and clarifies that "No Standing" means no cars can be parked there. The bus pulls up and honks at Gordon to move.|
|Laundry - Handkerchief
|In the city, Big Bird comes across a laundry. He confirms with the owner than any handkerchief can be washed and ironed for just thirty cents. Big Bird presents him with Mr. Snuffleupagus' giant, monogrammed handkerchief.|
|"Six of One"
|While shopping in the city, Gordon and Susan sing "Six of One."|
|Big Bird calls Snuffy
|Big Bird telephones Mr. Snuffleupagus from Chinatown and describes a dragon puppet right next to him. Snuffy chuckles at the idea and compliments Big Bird's imagination. "Et tu, Snuffy?," he moans.|
|"Man's Best Friend"
|Gordon sings "Man's Best Friend," musing about why dogs (like Barkley) are considered as such.|
|Big Bird's Lunch
|In a New York City park, Big Bird sits down on a bench with some birdseed lunch. Luis, Bob and Susan pass by and he invites them to have lunch with him, but they all decline for one reason or another. Big Bird then spills his birdseed by accident and is delighted when it attracts a flock of pigeons he can converse with.|
|The cast plays baseball with the kids out in the park. Maria invites Oscar to join them, but he claims he has a Grouch game scheduled and heads for the outfield. Bob hits a long-fly ball that lands in Oscar's trash can, which Oscar will return after he and his Grouch pals finish their game inside.|
|Dropping Off Gordon
|Susan drops Gordon off at the school where he teaches.|
|Dog Day Afternoon
|Olivia and the kids spend an afternoon with Barkley in the park. By the end of it all, he's much too tired to return to Sesame Street. They situate him in the backseat of a Hansom cab as they follow along.|
|Big Bird Horseback Riding
|Maria and Luis watch Big Bird ride a horse on the carousel in Central Park.|
|Susan and the kids mirror each other's actions.|
|The kids play hopscotch on the streets of New York City.|
|"Picture of You"
|Olivia sings "Picture of You" as she photographs the kids.|
|"Win or Lose"
|Olivia and David join the kids in a jog while Olivia sings "Win or Lose".|
|In a New York City Park, the kids play O'Leary.|
|Lincoln Center Fountain
|Big Bird drags Bob, Gordon, Susan and Maria to the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center to finally meet Mr. Snuffleupagus, who comes to hear the opera rehearsals every day. However, once he arrives, he becomes blocked by the fountain in the plaza square.|
|Filling the Air with Love
|Maria and Olivia visit the bandshell at Lincoln Center, where Olivia admits she likes to imagine being a singer on that very stage. She envisions herself as a famous performer, singing "Filling the Air with Love."|
|Hit the Penny
|Out in the plaza of Lincoln Center, Susan and the kids play "Hit the Penny." Big Bird happens upon the game and claims he and Mr. Snuffleupagus play it all the time. However, he misses every shot. He darts off and returns with the penny he and Snuffy usually play with, which is about five-feet big.|
|Frankie Four Eyes
|Maria joins the kids' stickball game in the park. Up at bat is a Muppet boy named Frankie, who's afraid of wearing his glasses because the other kids make fun of him. She shows him how important glasses can be and wearing them improves his swing.|
|Barkley's Frisbee Dream
|Barkley has a dream where he's sleeping in a field when he hears some kids calling for him to play frisbee with them. One of the kids throws it high up into the air, and in slow motion, Barkley chases it and catches it in mid-air. He feels so happy as the kids play with him in the grass.|
|Susan and Gordon jump rope with the kids.|
|David disco skates
|David struggles to roller-skate down Sesame Street. Big Bird helps him to Hooper's Store and reminds him that "practice makes perfect." David imagines being a great skater: in his fantasy, he roller-skates through Central Park with ease. Back in reality, David skates on his own and falls down, but he doesn't mind.|
Music: "What Makes Music?"
|In a school playground, Big Bird wanders around by himself singing about all the things you can't do without people: singing songs, swinging on swings, and other kinds of special things you can only do with people. At the end of the song, the classroom bell rings and dozens of children rush out to greet Big Bird.|
|Gordon goes through a stretching routine in the arbor during the early morning and explains to the camera that he like so get up this early because there's very little traffic and it's a pretty time of the day. He invites the viewer along for a jog, which is set to a spoof of the Chariots of Fire music, and consists of a montage of Gordon running through the city.|
|Susan and some kids play "Twister" in the park as David sings "Name That Game".|
|Barkley and kids in the park
|In the park, Barkley watches some kids line up to demonstrate first and last.|
|Barkley looks for Snuffy at the park
|Mr. Snuffleupagus walks in Central Park, being followed by Barkley, who follows his scent.|
|A song about gesticulation. Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar all make appearances in the song.|
|Elmo, Ernie, Bert, and Count von Count dance along with the kids on location.|
|"A New Way to Walk"
|The Oinker Sisters sing "A New Way to Walk" in the park, intercut with shots of many celebrities dancing.|
Episodes where the street stories include scenes shot on location.