MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Thousands of people visited FAO Schwarz Wednesday on its last day in business to take pictures and buy everything from candy and board games to plushies and gem stones.
The Fifth Avenue store first opened in 1862 and has since gained fame for their “toy soldiers” dressed in red that greet customers outside the store, its smiling clock, enormous plush dolls and floor piano made famous by the 1988 film “Big” starring Tom Hanks.
After 153 years, FAO Schwarz is looking for a new storefront to relocate to.
With the closing of FAO Schwarz, Upper East Side toy store Mary Arnold Toys gains a new distinction.
“We are now the oldest continuously run toy store in New York City, and as far as I know the United States, so we’re very excited to have that,” owner Judy Ishayik told PIX 11 News.
But even the staffers at Mary Arnold Toys agreed, it was a sad day toy lovers with the close of FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue.