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Must-See Midtown: Shopping

by Erin O’Hara and staff

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  • FAO Schwarz  
    767 Fifth Ave., 212-644-9400
    The oldest toy store in America, FAO Schwarz has been bringing specialty toys to kids since 1862 and continues to provide quality items from around the world. Children (and adults who are still children at heart) will find countless opportunities for memorable adventures around every corner, whether in the safari of plush stuffed animals, the build-your-own Muppet Whatnot Workshop or the enchanting array of Barbie collectibles and Lego creations. Located near Central Park, at Fifth Avenue and East 58th Street, the New York flagship store is not just a place for shopping but also a place for hands-on fun. Enjoy a favorite New York pastime by dancing on FAO Schwarz's supersize piano, à la Tom Hanks in the movie Big. (Better brush up on how to play "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks.")

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