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Friday, April 21, 2006

FAO Schwartz

This famous toy store on 59th and Fifth Avenue (their history here) has life size stuffed animals that are very realistic, and expressive, made in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History. Some are based on endangered species. They also have mechanical toys like child size sportscars. It's worth going in even without a child, just to take in the experience of the myriads of rare types of animals posed around en masse (see more photos here). The big cats are heavily represented and they even have a section devoted to many of the famous dog breeds, also life size, so you could conceivably try having one at home before or instead of having a real one...


Darren said...

From Logan Daily Photo - I remember visiting here when I went to New York. When I heard a piano playing, I rushed up the escalator to watch the two guys dancing on the giant piano that lights up when they hit a key (the main reason I went there), like in the movie, BIG.

It's great seeing that all the salespeople are playing with the toys all day and they even have a lady dressed like a nurse and a nursery of dolls (like babies at a hospital) that you can choose from.

Cynthia! said...

so cute!!!!!

jenni said...

oh the memories! THis time last year we were spending quite a lot of time in FAO. We moved June 1st!
thanks for the memory.. or in my daughter's words, "Drat! I miss that place!"

Liz said...

I love Fao Schwarz! :-)

Everytime I come to Ny I can't miss to visit it! These wild animals are really impressive:-)

Last time I went there, I remember in the first floor there was a nursery with gracious girls dressed like a nurses keeping in their arms puppets that seemed real babies :-)