- Norman & Jules
158 Seventh Ave., nr. Garfield Pl., Park Slope; 347-987-3323
Parents tired of blinky, bleepy, techie toys will find nothing of the sort at Norman & Jules. The old-world shop, opened by Slope parents Avi Kravitz and Courtney Ebner, forgoes the usual primary-colored glut of battery-operated plastic for ecoconscious wooden stacking towers, plush mobiles, and pint-size musical instruments. Here, moms and dads watch children bang and strum on handcrafted glockenspiels and ukuleles, snuggle with cashmere monsters stitched by local artisans, and rearrange furniture in the hand-carved dollhouses from the German wood shop Norbert Verneuer. For the rare kid not content with toys, the owners’ dachshund-Chihuahua, Addi, trades cuddles for kisses.
Best Analog Toys
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).