Saturday, September 14, 2013

FAO Schwarz: The Classic New York Toy Store for People Who Don't Live in a New York Apartment

When I bought the stuffed animal mentioned in my last post, I got it at FAO Schwarz.

Now, normally I buy the kids' toys exclusively at Duane Reade (when they're lucky enough to get anything at all). But our 2-year-old did lose a tooth well before its due date, and it seemed fitting to buy her something special. Plus FAO Schwarz is only a few blocks from my office.

I'm not sure I've ever set foot in FAO Schwarz before, but wow — everything is gigantic here.

Half the stuffed animals couldn't fit inside a typical Manhattan bedroom. This $300 Patrick the Pup, below, is 5 feet long. (I did manage to find Alice a more modestly sized stuffed animal for under $25.)

I'm not sure where I'm supposed to put this puppet-show theater.

Then, of course, there's this — the store's signature toy from the movie "Big."

Sure, that will fit nicely in our drywall-partitioned living room.