Best Toy Stores: NYC

Flying Squirrel
96 N. 6th St.
New York - Williamsburg

Toy Story: When Judith Velosky was pregnant with twins, she saw the massive amount of kids’ stuff she would need. “I didn’t want to buy everything new,” says Velosky, who, with her friend Kate Schmitz, came up with the idea for a secondhand children’s store. Flying Squirrel, which opened its doors more than four and a half years ago in their neighborhood of Williamsburg, has since become the ultimate hangout for parents and kids (and boasts a cool factor like that of SoHo’s Kid Robot). “Every day is fun in here,” says Velosky, who has dedicated an entire back area of the shop for kids to run around and try out the toys. “There’s lots of kids on scooters at any given time,” she adds. With their kids occupied in the playroom, parents, many of whom are local artists and musicians, have a chance to sell or trade in their children’s gently worn clothes and toys (you get either 25% of the items’ value in cash or 50% in store credit). Can’t find the toy your kid wants? The owners will find it or order it for you, which makes for happy tots (and parents).

Favorite Toys:
Micro Mini Scooter (for ages 3 to 5, $75)
Crocheted Rattle (newborn and up, $18)

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