Iconic New York toy shop FAO Schwarz closes

For many it will always be remembered as the place where Tom Hanks played a giant piano in the 1988 film Big, for others it’s a stalwart of Fifth Avenue, but on Wednesday the toy store FAO Schwarz will be closing its doors for good.

FAO Schwarz in New York finally closes its doors.

FAO Schwarz in New York finally closes its doors. Image by Ralph Daily / CC BY 2.0

The store was first opened by the Schwarz brothers in 1880 on E 14th Street and moved to several addresses before relocating to 767 Fifth Ave in 1986, where it has been ever since. It is known for its child-focused environment, store workers dressed in costumes and huge collection of stuffed animals. FAO Schwarz announced the closure in May, citing Manhattan’s rising rents. Toys R Us, which owns FAO Schwarz, has said they are looking for a new location. Read more: amny.com

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