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FAO Schwarz

Year Round

767 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
At Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.
From the toy soldier at the front door, you'll notice this store is a special destination for kids. The flagship store has three floors and 50,000 feet of kid delights. The Giant Piano Dancers opening ceremony is on Saturdays and Sundays and happens at 15 minutes and 45 minutes after the hour. You can even try it yourself but you might think twice after watching the professionals make their own magic. On the first floor are giant life-sized stuffed animals (and littler ones too!) and a computer-controled light show. On the second floor, you'll find the giant piano that Tom Hanks danced on in Big as well as areas you can make your own Hot Wheels, Madame Alexander dolls, adopt a baby at a newborn nursery, design a Barbie, ALEX crafts and much more.  On the lower level is the baby, toddler, pre-school area, the Book Nook and a special nursing area. Storytime runs at 1pm and 3pm Monday-Friday.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Sunday, 11am-6pm; Monday-Wednesday, 10am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-8pm.
Website:http://www.fao.com/custsvc/custsvc.jsp?sectionId=560
Phone:(212) 644-9400
Subway:N, R at 5th Avenue and 60th Street. Walk two blocks downtown. A, B, C, D or 1 0r 9 to 59th Street and Columbus Circle. Take Central Park West to 5th Avenue and then walk one block down to 58th Street.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 or Q32 to 59th Street. The northbound buses stop on Madison Avenue and the southbound buses stop on 5th Avenue. From Madison Avenue, walk west toward Fifth Avenue.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.
Bathrooms:Yes
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An American Craftsman Galleries

An American Craftsman Galleries

Year Round

60 West 50th Street, Manhattan
Back door connects to Rockefeller Center.
Aside from this location at Rockefeller Center, there is additional NYC location is at the Sheraton Manhattan Hotel at the corner of 7th Avenue and 52nd Street.
Unique, artistic and one of a kind gifts for the artistic minded on your list.  The staff is very friendly and happy to give you extra insight into the store's many affordable items.

Tips:
Purchases can be shipped so don't shy away from larger items that appeal to you.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Ask younger children to be aware of their surroundings.
Website:www.anamericancraftsman.com
Phone:(212) 307-7161
Subway:D,F to 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center Station
Bus:M50, M27 east along 50th Street or west along 49thStreet M6, M7 down 7th Ave M5, M6, M7 up 6th Ave
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:No

Arthur Avenue Retail Market in Bronx Little Italy

Bronx Little Italy, Arthur Avenue

Year Round

2344 Arthur Avenue, Belmont, Bronx
Between 183rd and 187th Streets, about 4 blocks south of Fordham Road
On Arthur Avenue, south of 186th Street.
Like Little Italy’s street vendors who came in from the cold thanks to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia 1940 opening of the new indoor market full of produce and Italian meats and cheeses, you and your family can get in from the cold for a bite to eat, a spot to sit, some delectable treats from gems like Mike’s Deli located in the market and even a cigar rolling demo at the cigar shop in front. Now you’re in the Real Little Italy! 

Tips:
Bathrooms are in the back, upstairs.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Times:6am-6pm.
Subway:4 or D to Fordham Road station. Walk 11 blocks east along East Fordham Road (or catch the Bx12 east) to Arthur Avenue. Turn right heading south on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street. 2 or 5 train to Pelham Parkway then #12 bus heading west to Arthur Avenue. Walk south on Arthur Avenue.
Bus:Bx12 east-west along East Fordham Road
Train:Metro-North Harlem or New Haven line trains to Fordham Road Station. Walk 6 blocks east along East Fordham Road, turn right on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street.
Parking on site:No
Limited on street parking and be prepared to stay on top of the time on the meters.
Bathrooms:No
No public restrooms except for patrons at the many restaurants. There is one at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, 2344 Arthur Avenue.
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Arthur Avenue, Little Italy, Bronx

Bronx Little Italy, Arthur Avenue

Year Round

2344 Arthur Avenue, Belmont, Bronx
Between 183rd and 187th Streets, about 4 blocks south of Fordham Road
Many hear of, but not enough find, their way to what some foodies call New York’s “real Little Italy.” It’s easier to find than you think, close by the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens and Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.  Take a stroll down streets decked in holiday tinsel, have a bite of some classic “red sauce” Italian and pick up some truly wonderful stocking stuffers and hostess gifts for the foodies on you list.

Tips:
Our favorite field researcher picks up dinner from the neighborhood’s butchers during a late lunch between sites. Pack a cold bag and you’ll be able to bring some Italian sausage home too.
Fees:Free
Good for:All
Subway:4 or D to Fordham Road station. Walk 11 blocks east along East Fordham Road (or catch the Bx12 east) to Arthur Avenue. Turn right heading south on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street. 2 or 5 train to Pelham Parkway then #12 bus heading west to Arthur Avenue. Walk south on Arthur Avenue.
Bus:Bx12 east-west along East Fordham Road
Train:Metro-North Harlem or New Haven line trains to Fordham Road Station. Walk 6 blocks east along East Fordham Road, turn right on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street.
Parking on site:No
Limited on street parking and be prepared to stay on top of the time on the meters.
Bathrooms:No
No public restrooms except for patrons at the many restaurants. There is one at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, 2344 Arthur Avenue.
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Barnes & Noble Bookstores and Celebrity Book Signings

Barnes & Noble

Year Round

555 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Between 45th and 46th Streets on Fifth Avenue.
This one at Fifth between 45th and 46th is near the Tree at Rockefeller Center. Many other locations around town, notably Union Square.
Consider some book and music holiday gifts knowing you can have them wrapped and shipped so you won't have to lug your purchases to the ballet later.  Barnes and Nobles has bathrooms for shoppers and cafe patrons.  Book signing events are free but note, big names draw crowds so arrive early.

Fifth Avenue store events:
12:30pm, Wednesday, November 2: Bill Cosby signs his latest book, I Didn't Ask to be Born
12n, Tuesday, November 15: New Yorker Regis Philbin explains How I Got This Way
3pm, Tuesday, November 15: Shaquille O'Neal on his autobiography

Union Square holds frequent events including some holiday related ones and thier weekly storytime (Sundays at 2:30):
7pm, Tuesday, November 15: Umberto Eco reads from his new book of fiction Prague Cemetery
7pm, Wednesday, November 16: Diane Keaton introduces her double bio about her life and her mother's
7pm, Thursday, Decmebr 1: Chef Bobby Flay cookbook signing
6pm, Thursday, December 7: Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim book signing

For a complete list of events in New York by store and more detail on events above, click here.

Tips:
Arrive early for celebrity book signings; there is often a line and space is limited.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Monday-Friday, 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-8pm
Website:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/index.asp
Phone:(212) 697-3048
Subway:E,V to 5th Ave/53rd St station
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 down Fifth Avenue
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:Yes
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