1324 Lexington Ave., at 88th St.
For everyone from tots to teens, this precious store carries
magnets and key chains, camp accessories and stationery, Hello
Kitty supplies and party favors. Check out the “hoverdisc”
($14.95), this year’s hot item.
Trains & Hobbies
345 W. 14th St., near Eighth Ave., second fl.
Grown-up train addicts live for proprietor Tony Picciuto’s
collection of old and new Lionel engines (from $150 to $1,800)
and his endless supply of tracks and accessories. He’ll
special-order rare or unusual models that he doesn’t
139 Flatbush Ave., near Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
With a new location in Brooklyn, Target is more accessible
to New Yorkers than ever before, but the Website still may
be a better way to go: Toys are organized down to subcategories,
like “Dolls and Accessories” and “Outdoor
Play.” Look for the Video Now Personal Video System
($39.99), Tokyo a Go Go Bratz Dolls ($26.99), and the learning
toy LeapFrog Leapster ($79.99).
239 Eldridge St., near Houston St.
Eternal boys get their fix at this cozy toy gallery, where
offerings are more like collector’s pieces than playthings.
A 360 exclusive is the 4eye figure, for $50; the seven Samurai,
or Kaws’ Chum, is $98.
1179 Lexington Ave., near 80th St.
like a museum of miniature interior decoration, this quiet
shop caters to a good tiptoer with a long attention span and
a precocious interest in Architectural Digest. You’ll
find shrunken croquet and barbecue sets, Persian carpets,
and do-it-yourself parquet flooring, Le Corbusier chairs,
and Starbucks coffee mugs. As in real life, there’s
furniture to fit every budget—from $19 for mini bunk
beds to $2,200 for a handmade, Chippendale-style break front.
You don’t have to drive to the suburbs to load up on
the latest must-have toys at discounted prices; Toys ’R’
Us is right here in town. The Times Square location has Operation
Shrek ($14.99) by Hasbro Games, a twist on the classic surgical
board game. Also big this year are the Fisher-Price Sing &
Boogie Blue ($24.99) and Hasbro’s VideoNow Color ($75),
a personal video player with color LCD screen and self-contained
speakers. How come we never had this stuff to play with?
21 Second Ave., near 7th St.
Israel Lavarek’s eccentric East Village shop specializes
in hip Japanese imports. They’ve got Totoro figures
(a character from a animated film by legendary director Hayao
Miyazaki) for $7.99 to $19.99, and Japanese “candy toys”
(miniature toys with candy inside) starting at $2.99, as well
as more recognizable figurines like Godzilla and Transformers.
498 Amsterdam Ave., at 84th St.
This low-key store has a hefty selection of creative toys.
Standouts include reasonably priced arts-and-crafts sets ($5–$50)
and small toys perfect for birthday parties. Also: tooth-fairy
pillows ($5), tents, and camp stationery.
969 Madison Ave., near 76th St., third fl.
The toy emporium at the tony Zitomer pharmacy is a good place
to stock up on high-end must-haves like stuffed animals, board
games, books, even a full line of Madame Alexander dolls (from
$50). Check out the battery-powered motorbike with training
wheels and pleather side pouch ($420).