- The MakerBot Store
298 Mulberry St., nr. Houston St.; 347-457-5758
Technology’s hottest new toy—the 3-D printer—is made accessible to kids at MakerBot’s first brick-and-mortar retailer. Purchasable desktop printers called Replicators spin brightly hued plastic collectibles right before kids’ widened eyes. Pedestals display imaginative designs, like flexible wristwatches ($60) and MP3 players shaped like cassette tapes ($39), alongside gum-ball machines dispensing knickknackish apples, cupcakes, and robots ($5). Beyond the wall of filament spools is the store’s pièce de résistance, a 3-D photo booth that prints golf-ball-size multidimensional renderings of your tot’s (or your) likeness ($25 to $65).
Best Futuristic 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).