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FAO Schwarz, New York City

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The oldest toy store in the United States, the flagship FAO Schwarz is most famous for its giant keyboard, on which Tom Hanks played "Chopsticks" with his feet in the film "Big." German immigrant Frederick Schwarz opened the first toy shop in 1870, where he sold quality toys that were crafted in Europe and brought to the states. While the BIG Piano Dancemat is this store's most iconic toy, you'll also find giant stuffed animals, high-end dolls, and games. This shop is a must-see destination for toy-loving tourists and a magical wonderland for kids. Use our New York City trip builder site to arrange your visit to FAO Schwarz and other attractions in New York City.
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  • DO NOT GO in there turist trap. Took my kid they have a whole sharper image toy areas we purchased 2 items tand they are total crap. 137 US in the trash. Since you already left NY when you realize... 
    DO NOT GO in there turist trap. Took my kid they have a whole sharper image toy areas we purchased 2 items tand they are total crap. 137 US in the trash. Since you already left NY when you realize...  more »
  • I love the store the candies, gummy, toys, stuffed animals are all great except one thing one of the employee lies to my bf about the magic trick. It’s call Zorbi(magic flying saucer). He said its a.....  more
    I love the store the candies, gummy, toys, stuffed animals are all great except one thing one of the employee lies to my bf about the magic trick. It’s call Zorbi(magic flying saucer). He said its a.....  more »
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  • OMG, this store is like dream land. You can have fun on every corner in this three floor store. Employees are everywhere showing customers all the fun games and toys they have. The toys are for all kids ages. Also, there are accessories, build your funky toys station, build your animal station, and many many more. I bought the foam boomerang, it's so much fun and unharmed. Also, they have Barbie collections and toys. My girls had a blast and enjoyed every single minute in FAO Schwarz store.
  • Tons of toys for kids, beautiful layout, and candy section with a variety of sizes of gummy bears. They also had a piano you could play with your feet (which is always fun). I'm an adult with no kids and I still think this was a cool worthwhile experience.

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