FAO Schwarz's flagship Fifth Avenue store (the one where Tom Hanks danced on a piano in Big) shut its doors today ahead of its move to a smaller two-floor subterranean space at 1633 Broadway, and a bunch of New Yorkers took advantage of their final chance to visit the famous store. Gothamist got a bunch of pictures earlier this week, while Racked reports that there were some sales to be found—an Etch-a-Sketch coated with Swarovski crystals was marked down from $999 to $699, for example. If you're in the market for such an Etch-a-Sketch, however, you'll have to wait until the new store opens before the 2016 holiday season.
Today was my final "Magic Plastic" shift at FAO Schwarz. I will miss my friends dearly. I wouldn't trade the memories for anything in the world. Another FAO Schwarz may open, but it will never be the same. FAO Schwarz has become a second home to me. I wouldn't change a thing. Except this clock. I hope this clock dies. #goodbye #fornow
· Farewell, FAO Schwarz: A Final Look Inside the Fifth Avenue Store [Racked]
· Where Will Stuffed Animals Go With FAO Schwarz Closing? [Bloomberg]
· Photos: FAO Schwarz's Final Day On Fifth Avenue [Gothamist]
· FAO Schwarz coverage [Curbed]