After 29 years, FAO Schwarz is packing up its wonderland-like Manhattan store, including the giant floor piano. RIP that giant floor piano.

The New York Times found the store full of patrons making one last, sentimental visit. ā€œI think itā€™s as much for us as it is for them,ā€ said one mom waiting in line. ā€œThey wonā€™t remember this, but at least weā€™ll have the picture proof.ā€ amNY stopped by as well and witnessed a 20-person line of folks waiting to play the piano, Big-style. But anybody who dawdled until the last moment for souvenirs was probably disappointed:

ā€œI came here because when my ten-year-old-son found out I was coming to New York, he told me he would love something from the ā€˜Bigā€™ store,ā€ said Tessa Penman, a South African tourist. ā€œBut I couldnā€™t even get him anything! The shelves are empty. I guess everybody had the same idea as me.ā€

The retailer is currently seeking a replacement location, but the Times says this is the first time since 1862 that Manhattan has been FAO Schwarz-less. There are, of course, still plenty of places to purchase insanely expensive toys in the five boroughs, but none with quite so much panache or cross-generational nostalgia.


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