The oldest toy store in the United States closed its doors to the public last week.
F.A.O Schwarz was known for its high end toys and its Walking Piano. The store was a main feature in the Tom Hanks' movie BIG which made it even more famous.
According to the New York Times, Toys “R” Us, the owner of the store since 2009, has decided to close the store two years earlier, though their lease doesn’t expire until 2017. A spokesperson for Toys ”R” Us has stated that the reason they closed the store was the rising rent on the Fifth Avenue. However, F.A.O. Schwarz is looking for a new location in the Manhattan Area.
People have had great memories in the store, particularly when it came to the Walking Piano. Many individuals have played “Heart and Soul” on the piano as seen in the movie BIG. Our very own Nadav Liebermann and Geut Gonen have recently been in the store on June and both enjoyed their experience there.
F.A.O Schwarz is not only famous for the piano but also for its giant stuffed toys. Also made famous from the movie is Zoltar, the future teller machine, although it won't actually grant your wishes.
Although the store will reopen soon, it would be an adjustment for the nostalgic. It wouldn’t be the same to walk through the Fifth Avenue and not see the iconic store. Not being able to look through the store and see the toy soldiers posted can be a bit of a culture shock for those who frequent the area.
The store has been ingrained in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers and visitors alike, that F.A.O. Schwarz will surely be missed.
Farewell for now….