This edition of Observed is about the small spaces I like to visit to get my geek fix about books, toys and video games.
New York City has it going on when it comes to creative material to read, watch or play with, and while I’m sure I stick to the mainstream level of engagement, the fact is you can find almost anything you are aware exists in a particular hobby.
And a lot more you’re not aware of too.
The LEGO Store
A rather small selection of their most recent lines of toys, the LEGO Store in Rockefeller Center is mostly a place I go to buy souvenirs. Most of the stuff in here is rather expensive too, but the dioramas and the surprise of seeing that new toy line that won’t show up till Christmas back home more than makes up for it.
620 Fifth Avenue @ 50th Street
New York NY 10020
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10am – 6:00 pm
Midtown Comics is an online retailer that also has three shops in NYC. I go to the shop in Times Square because it’s the closest within in walking distance from Rockefeller Center.
What will usually happen is that I’ll go up the stairs to the first floor and look at comic books I didn’t even know existed, from imprints I’ve never seen before. Then, I’ll go to the second floor and look at some nice toys or collectibles. The whole ordeal takes about an hour and my bag is heavier when I leave every time.
200 W. 40th Street (corner of 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10018
Monday – Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12 midnight!
Sunday: 12noon – 8:00 PM
Nintendo World Store
The only Nintendo World Store is located just by the Rockefeller Center, which makes it a 2-in-1 stop whenever I’m going to see LEGOs too. What makes this store different is that they have every major new game release for their latests consoles available to play freely. The second floor has a nice showcase of Nintendo memorabilia so for instance when I arrived last time they had a Pokémon showcase, but the year before it was the Year of Luigi, so they had just a shrine dedicated to him. Also, if you have a 3DS console and do streetpass, this is the spot to get literally hundreds of new tags per day.
10 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York, NY 10020
Observed is a column about activities, places and events that caught my attention and stood out as good memories in my travels.