The world has taken to social media to remember the iconic toy emporium with photos of giant pianos and stuffed pandas

By Maria Yagoda
July 16, 2015 05:55 PM
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Say it ain’t so.

FAO Schwarz’s iconic New York location on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue closed on Wednesday, evoking a whole slew of nostalgia and devastation from people around the world who grew up visiting the toy store, whether every week, every Christmas or just once on a special trip to the city. The 45,000-square-foot toy emporium had stood in that location since 1986, and though it’s survived by its parent corporation, Toys R Us, the loss is hard for some to swallow.

“It’s the end of an era, it sucks,” Flo Martinez, who once slept over in the store as a teenager, told the AP.

Martinez is not alone in his opinion that the whole thing truly, unequivocally bites. Here are some of the nostalgia-tinged pictures and thoughts people posted on social media about the closing and what the store meant to them and their families. //storify.com/peoplemag/people-react-to-closing-of-fao-schwarz-flagship-lo.js?header=none&border=false

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