Farewell, Toys R Us

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With the end of the year, comes the end of an era – the era where kids come to the city knowing that there are floors upon floors of magnificent toys awaiting them.

It was bad enough that FAO Schwarz closed earlier this year, but now Toys R Us is following suit.

People walk in and out of Toys R Us in Times Square

People walk in and out of Toys R Us in Times Square

As a child, there was something comforting about riding up the escalator and seeing toys stretch for as far as the eye can see. Those days are over.

When Toys R Us first opened in Times Square in 2001, it was when physically shopping in a store was the only way to shop.

Now, with the rise of Amazon (and online shopping in general), parents are drawn to shopping from the comfort of their own home. I am personally against online shopping – at least to the degree that it is used now.

I get that it saves time (something we will always have increasingly less of), but it takes away from the experience. Whenever I would go to FAO Schwarz or Toys R Us, I honestly didn’t care if I got anything or not.

Shopping is about the experience, and if you end up leaving with some goodies? Well, that’s just icing on top of the cake.

The Jurassic Park section of Toys R Us

The Jurassic Park section of Toys R Us

Now, it’s not all bad news – Gap and Old Navy will soon be splitting the Times Square location.

But as far as I could tell, Toys R Us is still on the hunt for a new midtown location.

With just two weeks until the store closes, people from all over the world are lining up for rides on the iconic Ferris wheel, grabbing treats off the shelves for their kids for Christmas and catching one last roar from the 20-foot T-Rex before he is moved for good.

Ferris wheel in Toys R Us

Ferris wheel in Toys R Us

People line up for a ride on the Ferris Wheel

People line up for a ride on the Ferris Wheel

After work today, I am going to head over there and grab some Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews. And yes, that is my excuse for going to the store one last time before it closes.

Farewell, Toys R Us!

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