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The FAO Schwarz bear sitting outside the flagship Fifth Avenue store.
The FAO Schwarz bear sitting outside the flagship Fifth Avenue store.

FAO Schwarz is the name of a specialty toy retailer based in New York City. FAO can mean: Food and Agriculture Organization Faro Airport (Portugal), IATA airport code Western Armed Forces (Forces Armées Occidentales), a Chadian insurgent group F.A.O. Schwarz, a toy store chain. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (768 × 1,024 pixels, file size: 447 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (768 × 1,024 pixels, file size: 447 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Fifth Avenue redirects here. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ...

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History

FAO Schwarz was founded in New York City in 1870 by German immigrant, Frederick August Otto Schwarz. The original name of the store was Toy Bazaar. The company traces its history back to 1862 in Baltimore, when Schwarz and his three brothers first began retailing toys from a fancy-goods store there. Additonal locations of Toy Bazaar followed in Philadelphia and Boston. It was the New York location, however, that soon dominated the others in the family business. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ... Frederick August Otto Schwarz (October 18, 1836 – May 17, 1911) was a toy retailer who started FAO Schwarz. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United...


FAO Schwarz was notably featured in the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big, in which Hanks and Robert Loggia played "Heart & Soul" and "Chopsticks" on the store's signature 22-foot piano. // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, Emmy-winning director, voice-over artist, writer, and movie producer. ... For other uses, see Big (disambiguation). ... Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts. ... Heart and Soul is a popular song. ... Chopsticks (original name The Celebrated Chop Waltz) is an extremely well known, simple waltz for the piano. ...

Inside, the piano, as featured in Big.
Inside, the piano, as featured in Big.

At its height, the chain had a total of 40 stores throughout the United States. In 2001, The Right Start Company bought 22 of the 40 stores, and the other 18 unsold stores were immediately closed. In December 2002, Right Start, the then parent of FAO Schwarz, filed for bankruptcy. They would emerge from bankruptcy in April 2003 only to re-enter it in December 2003, forcing all stores to close. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,024 × 768 pixels, file size: 371 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,024 × 768 pixels, file size: 371 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... For other uses, see Big (disambiguation). ... December 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → // Events December 31, 2002 United States troops get into a brief gun battle with paramilitary forces of the Warzirstan Scouts of Pakistan, in a remote tribal area along the undefined Afghan/Pakistani border, in Paktia Province... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ... 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → A timeline of events in the news for April 2003. ... December 2003: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → Events December 31, 2003 In Taiwan, President Chen Shui-bian signs a law that allows referendums to be held. ...


In February 2004, hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., acquired the New York City and Las Vegas stores and FAO Schwarz's catalog and internet businesses. The New York and Las Vegas stores reopened on Thanksgiving Day 2004. D. E. Shaw & Co. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... For the Canadian holiday, see Thanksgiving (Canada). ...


The New York City store, located at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street in Manhattan, is still very popular, and a famous destination in the city. The store was redesigned by architect David Rockwell of The Rockwell Group in collaboration with Paul Gregory of Focus Lighting in 2004. The 5th Avenue flagship store now features a large open front area and award-winning lighting[1] which includes almost 80,000 LED lights mounted on the ceiling above the main atrium space. The Las Vegas Store is located in Caesar's Palace Shops. Fifth Avenue redirects here. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... David Rockwell is an American architect and the CEO and founder of Rockwell Group. ... Paul Gregory is an American lighting designer (see architectural lighting design). ...


The two FAO Schwarz stores also include a cafe/ice cream parlor as well as a candy shop called "FAO Schweetz." Prior to the bankruptcies, standalone FAO Schweetz candy stores were located in Miami, Long Island, NY at the Source Mall and at Water Tower Place in Chicago, Illinois, but those are now closed. This article is about the city in Florida. ... View of the Water Tower Place skyscraper View showing the Water Tower Place shopping mall at the base of the skyscraper, with Chicago Avenue Pumping Station in foreground Water Tower Place is a large urban, mixed-use development comprising a 758,000 sq ft shopping mall and 74 story skyscraper...


In recent news, FAO Schwartz has announced that it will open a 4,000 sq. ft store within the Macy's Chicago flagship store (formerly Marshall Field's), in October 2007. [1] This article is about the R. H. Macy & Co. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ...


Current Locations

Illinois

This article is about the R. H. Macy & Co. ... State Street is a common American street name. ...

Nevada

  • Las Vegas - Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (Flagship Location) (Re-opened Novemeber 2004)

The Forum Shops at Caesars is a 634,000 ft² mall connected to Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...

New York

  • New York City - Fifth Ave at 58th Street (Flagship Location) (Re-opened November 2004)

Former Locations

Arizona

Scottsdale Fashion Square is the largest shopping mall in Arizona and the American Southwest, with approximately 2 million square feet (180,000 m²) of retail space, and is among the top 30 largest malls in the country. ...

California

South Coast Plaza is an upscale shopping mall in Costa Mesa, California, USA, in affluent Orange County, and one of the most notable shopping centers in the United States. ... Built in 1976, the Glendale Galleria is a shopping mall in Glendale, California owned by General Growth Properties. ... Image:Grove7web. ... Arden Fair Mall is a two-level regional shopping mall located in Sacramento, California, USA. It consists of over 165 tenants, encompassing over 1. ... Horton Plaza is a 5-level outdoor shopping mall located in downtown San Diego and remarkable for its bright colors, architectural tricks and odd spatial rhythms. ... Union Square is the name of a neighborhood or other civic center in many cities and towns, including: Union Square in Hong Kong - site of Union Square Phase 7 Union Square in New York City Union Square in San Francisco Union Square in Seattle - site of Two Union Square Union...

Colorado

Cherry Creek Shopping Center during the holiday season Cherry Creek Shopping Center, also known as Cherry Creek Mall, is an upscale shopping mall about three and half miles Southeast of Downtown Denver, Colorado in the Cherry Creek Neighborhood. ...

Connecticut

Westfarms Mall is an upscale shopping mall located astride the border between Farmington, and West Hartford, Connecticut. ... Stamford Town Center is an urban shopping mall in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. ...

District of Columnbia

  • Shops at Georgetown Park

Florida

A large courtyard at Bal Harbour Shops. ... The main entrance of The Gardens Mall. ... The main entrance of Westshore Plaza. ...

Georgia

Aerial view of Lenox Square with JW Marriott Hotel in background. ... The Mall of Georgia is a 2. ...

Illinois

  • Chicago - N Michigan Avenue (Flagship Location)
  • Oak Brook - Oak Brook Center
  • Skokie - Old Orchard Center

Oak Brook Center is an upscale outdoor shopping mall located in Oak Brook, Illinois, about 15 miles west of Chicago. ... Westfield Old Orchard, formerly Old Orchard Shopping Center, is an open-air upscale shopping center in Skokie, Illinois. ...

Indiana

  • Indianapolis - Circle Center Mall

Outside of Circle Centre, by Nordstrom Circle Centre is a large indoor shopping mall located in downtown Indianapolis (just around the corner from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument). ...

Maryland

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Massachusetts

The Mall at Chestnut Hill is a small, upscale indoor shopping center, located in Newton, Massachusetts on Boylston Street (Route 9). ...

Michigan

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Minnesota

Mall of America (also MOA, MoA, or the Megamall) is a shopping mall located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. ...

Missouri

Kansas Citys Country Club Plaza The Country Club Plaza (often referred to as the Plaza) is an upscale shopping district in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. It was the second shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...

New Jersey

Menlo Park Mall is a two-level super regional shopping mall, located on U.S. Route 1 and Parsonage Road in Edison, New Jersey, USA. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,232,000 ft²[1]. Menlo Park Mall is currently owned by the Simon Property Group. ... The Mall at Short Hills, conversationally referred to as the Short Hills Mall, is a high-end mall in the Short Hills area of Millburn, New Jersey, United States. ...

New York

Roosevelt Airfield was an airfield in Garden City, Nassau County, New York. ... The Westchester is an upscale mall located in White Plains, New York. ...

Pennsylvania

  • King of Prussia - King of Prussia Plaza

The Plaza at King of Prussia is part of what is popularly referred to as the King of Prussia Mall, a huge shopping complex in King of Prussia, which is located in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ...

Texas

NorthPark Center is an upscale shopping mall located in north Dallas, Texas (USA) with over 120 stores and anchors. ...

Virginia

  • McLean - Tysons Galleria

Tysons Galleria is an upscale shopping mall in McLean, Virginia (in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area), owned by Chicago based General Growth Properties. ...

Washington

To meet Wikipedias quality standards and conform with our NPOV policy, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Presidents

  • Charles W. Veysey (1969) [2]
  • Pieter Oechsle, a 43-year old Peruvian retailer (1976) [3]

References

  1. ^ Lumen Award Winners 2005. IESNY. Retrieved on 2007-06-02.
  2. ^ "Reportedly He Will Head Frederick Atkins, Inc.", New York Times, September 9, 1969. Retrieved on 2007-07-21. “Charles W. Veysey, president of F. A. O. Schwarz, the Fifth Avenue-based specialty toy-chain, will resign at the end of the year and will reportedly be named president of Frederick Atkins, Inc., the second largest resident buying office and merchandising ...” 
  3. ^ "People and Business; President for F.A.O. Schwarz", New York Times, June 11, 1976. Retrieved on 2007-07-21. “Pieter Oechsle, a 43-year old Peruvian retailer, has been named president of F.A.O. Schwarz, the Fifth Avenue-based chain of 16 toy specialty stores.” 

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