Fans Mourn Closing of FAO Schwarz Flagship Location
The world has taken to social media to remember the iconic toy emporium with photos of giant pianos and stuffed pandas
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