F at York St.
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This design-based bookshop and artists’ collective offers an expansive array of Japanese toys, magazines, and giftable accessories. Founded by artists in Kyoto, Zakka expanded into Dumbo in 2007 with a close-knit staff made up of musicians, graphic designers, and various other Brooklyn creatives. Collectors flock from far-off boroughs for the assortment of rare toys that peer out from crowded glass cases, including Astro Boy, Totoro, Poko & Peko, and Godzilla figurines, and vampy animae characters like Coolgirl. Racks of graphic tees from Agit Pop, SEEE, and 2K by Gingham surround staffer computer workstations. Low tables near the entrance are piled with men’s lifestyle pub Warp and the photographic style lookbook Street, stacked alongside colorful chopsticks, kitschy toys, and postcard sets by contemporary Japanese artists. But the largest selection comes from the store-spanning shelves of books, neatly separated into categories like architecture design, media, illustration, and Japanese culture. There, both art professionals and casual browsers pore over quirky niche titles like Helvetica, Homage to a Type and Tape: An Excursion Through the World of Adhesive Tape.