From The New York Shitty Inbox: Toys R Us

August 7, 2010 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of a lady named Sarah. She writes:


I just found out yesterday that ToysRUs is opening a pop-up shop on the corner of Manhattan Ave and Milton, just 3 blocks away from the Greenpoint Toy Store that has been in the neighborhood for almost 30 years. Herman and Nancy who own Greenpoint Toy Store run it with all their heart, order things specially for kids, and know most of the neighborhood by name. They give back to our local community in so many ways and are a wonderful part of life here in Greenpoint.

ToysRUs is not making a long term commitment to the neighborhood, they are just a pop-up for 4 months leading up to Christmas. Then they are gone.This could wipe out the most profitable time for our local mom-and-pop shop, the Greenpoint Toy Store…Please let neighborhood friends know and boycott the new Toys R Us. It would be one thing if they wanted to plant roots in Greenpoint and be a part of the community, but they are coming in to swoop up all the pre-Christmas sales and then leaving our real toy store dry.

Support our local stores that care and are part of our neighborhood!
you can always order online, or place your special orders by calling them directly

I am with Sarah on this 100%. The Greenpoint Toy Center— despite its rather diminutive appearance— is actually a very well stocked toy store. I say this as an occasional customer. Please show your support for local business by patronizing this often overlooked and underrated establishment. Pop up stores come and go. The Greenpoint Toy Center has been with us a very long time. Let’s help ensure they stick around!

Miss Heather


5 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: Toys R Us

  1. xdx on Sat, 7th Aug 2010 7:35 pm
  2. funny thing is, here in ridgewood, toys r us also opened an express store in the old wamu bank.

  3. xdx on Sat, 7th Aug 2010 7:37 pm
  4. but the greenpoint toy center is awesome… shop there

  5. calyercooze on Sun, 8th Aug 2010 11:17 am
  6. I had a similar thought when I saw that Toys R Us sign — it can only hurt the business of the wonderful Greenpoint Toy Center. It is a great store to have nearby, with helpful staff and a great stock of toys. Anyway, I posted a message on the Wburg Hui/mom list asking parents to shop locally and be conscious of where they spend their money.

  7. notme on Sun, 8th Aug 2010 11:24 am
  8. I stopped by Toys R Us yesterday. It had an impressive selection. But that was it. The space was essentially unfinished: exposed ceiling tiles, old, beat-up carpet, unpainted walls, dim lighting. The staff was nice, but I couldn’t help but feel that the amount of effort Toys R Us put into the store (not much) was reflective of the respect they have for our neighborhood.

    It raises the question: what’s worse than a big chain swooping in to nudge your local mom and pop out of business? When a big chain doesn’t have the common courtesy to put clean itself up before doing so.

  9. missheather on Sun, 8th Aug 2010 8:53 pm
  10. It should also be noted that Word Books has an ample assortment of great toys for kids. Undoubtedly they will be hurt as well. The proprietress of this establishment has also been very active in the community. Spend accordingly.

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