Photo by John Newton
FAO Schwarz, at 5th Avenue and 58th Street, is perhaps the dream shopping experience of every kid, and some adults too. Famous from its big-screen turn in Big, when Tom Hanks's character danced across the store's floor piano, FAO Schwarz's history actually dates back to 1862, when the Schwarz brothers, immigrants from Germany, opened their Toy Bazaar in Baltimore. The 60,000-square-foot store has plush toys and electronic gadgets as well as a new addition which opened in 2011, FAO Schweetz with candies by the pound, from gummy bears to jaw-breakers.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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Dancing Like A Kid
The famous Big Piano is a great thing to do while in New York City to play like a kid. Two minutes is your time for the famous piano. Don't forget to check out your photo at the end to purchase if you would like as your memorabilia as your souvenir for the experience.