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(Anime) Shopping in New York! Some experiences~(Anime) Shopping in New York! Some experiences~

MaakieMaakie3 anos atrásDiary
Quite a while ago I went on a trip to New York! It was also my first time visiting the USA! :) My main goal was to be the standard tourist and try to see as much as much as possible, but I also planned quite some time to check out anime/comic/nerd/game/etc. shops. In this blog I will talk about my experiences while shopping there! The bottom part of this blog is the random stuff part where I just talk about the holiday itself and fun stuff I did in NY. So people that are only interested in my shopping experience can skip the bottom part. ;)

Before you start reading, it's maybe good to know my "background". I'm from the Netherlands, which is a small European country. Most of our media is from the USA, so I'm very familiar with how the USA "should work", but I never experienced it myself. It was less of a culture shock than I expected, but I had quite some laughs here and there about how over the top some things were. So be prepared: some of the reactions here can be of things that are maybe normal to people from the US, but are completely not normal for me!

The shopping trip in New York!

Some of these stores didn't allow photography indoors or heavily frowned upon it. Which is why some stores have no/barely pictures from inside or something very sneaked or blurry

I decided to start my shopping trip with Toy Tokyo...

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...and it was closed (I was there 12PM on a weekday). A general thing I noticed in NY is that a lot of things open pretty late compared to Dutch standards, so on purpose I didn't went here until it was 12PM. Still I found it closed, I asked the store next door and they told me "they normally open around 2PM-ish but sometimes also later".

Because I had a lot of other things planned that day, I didn't wanted to wait for at least 2 hours, so I went onto the next shop. I'm pretty sad that I couldn't visit Toy Tokyo as I heard it also had a lot of designer toys next to anime items.

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Around the corner there was another store called "Video Games New York". The signs on the door were mixed with open and closed messages, but because it was already pas 11AM I decided to open the door. Inside the salesman yelled to me to me they wouldn't open for another 20 minutes at least and I left the shop. At that point I got slightly annoyed thinking "City that never sleeps??? More like, city of going to bed late and waking up late! >:U" I was contemplating of walking to the next store or waiting on this one.

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I stared for a long while at the totally legit cash machine they had and then I decided to eat a second breakfast/early lunch before returning to the store which opened in the meantime. The store itself is pretty small, but has lots and lots of games. There isn't much merchandise around, but it was nice to browse around both very new and really old games. They also had quite a bit of Japanese imports. Their prices were average, not really expensive, but I didn't find really cheap deals (I ended up buying one game for my boyfriend that is about the same price in the Netherlands, but pretty rare to find). After Video Games New York I decided to look back at Toy Tokyo again, but there was still no sign of it opening soon. So I went up to the next store...

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...Forbidden Planet! From their store window displays it looked like they had a lot of merchandise from mainly US comics, movies and tv series. Multiple of the lifesize statues were really nice.

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Indoors it started with mainly figures from Western manafacturers. Most of them were high quality polystones.

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A bit hidden underneath and around these display cases with polystones I found multiple scaled PVC figures from Japanese manufacturers. I was quite surprised to see Momo there as she was quite a new release when I was there. The prices of the figures were about the same if you would import them from Japan, pay taxes and pay shipping. I guess for most US collectors they aren't nice prices, because they are used to paying no taxes at all with importing themselves.

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There was also a big display with lots of smaller figures, with multiple cute things that are more like designer toys and also very recent trading figure sets.

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There was also this big wall of anime/manga/game patches. The quality was very different on each of them and I couldn't judge that well if they were legit or not.

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Then, to my surprise, a bit more in the back I found a full display shelf with anime figures! Figures of different scales, types and series were put inbetween in eachother and some other series were split up at different places. It didn't feel as organised as the (mainly) comic book figure shelves, but it was nice to see mltiple from these figures displayed as most of these I've only seen on pictures online.

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In the back there was this huge place reserved for comic books. They mainly had new releases (completely on the right) and the most recent 3-4 releases were on the other shelves. An employee told me that even older comic releases than that they don't sell (I guess that's normal for US comic stores?). I wanted to buy a souvenir for my boyfriend (he is a big fan of X-Men and Wolverine) and was hoping to get a volume 1 from a series, but everywhere there were only volumes in high numbers. I ended up buying a random volume from Savage Wolverine, just because I wanted to bring something he likes back for him and comic books are pretty cheap anyways so I pick them up way too easily.

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Hidden in the back behind all those comic book shelves there were lots of Disney and other cartoon-statues. I have no clue if they have a good price as I'm not much into collecting Disney merchandise.

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They had quite some rows of manga too. I was surprised at how complete some series were (take a look at the complete shelf of Naruto for example).

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At the other side of the manga, there were some model kits on display. I was surprised to find them in this shop! Their prices were pretty high, though...

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A shelf with (western manufacturer) action figures. I almost wanted to pick up and look at the Motorized Patriot, but then I saw the Hulk sign. I like it when stores personalise signs!

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Just before leaving the store I saw a pretty big shelf with some very recent Play Art Kai's. It's been a long time since I bought a PAK myself, so I didn't know that their packaging got so fancy in the last few years View spoilerHide spoilermaybe that's why their prizes have risen so much hrmmm!

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It was a pretty long walk to Image Anime, but I wanted to see it considering it was getting near the end of the day and it was the closest by on my map from the shops I looked up.

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When you get in, the first thing you see is a huge display of action figures, mainly Figuarts. I'm not much into those myself, but it's nice to see so much of them posed together.

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Next to that a big display with mainly prize figures. Their prices were pretty high, which made me realize that the Figuarts didn't have prices on them, but I didn't expect them to be cheap.

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Next to the counter there was this huge display of trading figures. Their prices were pretty steep too (so I was sure of not buying anything here), but it's nice to see them displayed like this.

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Then I moved to the counter where the cash register was and here comes the weird part. I have owned these Macross figures in the past and let me tell you they are not supposed to look like this. Bootleg for sure.

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The figures at the top here look pretty legit, but the bottom of these shelves was full of Derpmon. At this point the cashier was "giving me the looks", so I stopped photographing, but it got worse! Over at the cash register there was this hideous looking bootleg Asuna priced $10, and on the cabinet next to it was the same Asuna, but now legit for $20! Which was to me the proof that they realise they have bootleg and just try to sell it off cheaper... tsk tsk tsk.

Anyway if you want to visit this store and you're not on expert on bootlegs, the advice I can give you is to not buy anything from the cash register counter or from any displays directly next or close to it! The stuff more in the front and more in the back of the store all looked more legit. But in general I avoid buying from stores that are mixed with real and fake.

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After being from the cashiers' sight There was this nice Jojo display. I didn't know they came with such nice matching boxes!

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They also had this huge display of Kaiju items, mainly Godzilla/Gojira figures. I never saw so much of these together as barely people within the Netherlands collect these, so I also never see them for sale at conventions or in local (web)shops. Are these more popular in the US or is this personal perference of the owner?

Not pictured, but I also went into 3 different gamestops while in NY and let me say that were the most depressing stores I ever saw. Not much games were on display, lots of empty space, lots of grey (walls, floors). Urgh. Wouldn't buy a game there even if I saw a good deal...

And now for some other amazing stores that are not niecessarily anime related, but worth to check out!

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This was an incredibly huge toy store around Time Square. It had a ferris wheel inside the store and a lot of amazing and big toy displays! Just to walk in and look at the displays is amazing!

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Looking from the higher floors to the lower floors, I just couldn't believe how BIG everything was!

Then also on Times Square, there was a shop for only M&M's and M&M's related merchandise!

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Unfortunately the M&M's were really overpriced, would have loved to buy these as souvenirs or gift them to people. :(

In a bit of a "hipster" neigborhood (Williamsburg), we found a lot of interesting antique stores really close to eachother in the main street. The next photo's are from multiple different stores!

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So much antique stores had military items! I was pretty surprised at that. And I saw a lot of uniforms in great condidition!

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You want a wooden leg? You can find everything here!

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I wish I could fill my home with furniture like this!

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Don't mind the batmobile at the back of this antique shop.

And this was another big toy store (of which I forgot the name, but there was a guy outside in a costume of the mascot and he was really funny as he was acting like he had to move like a doll!)

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Every big toy store I could look around for hours! So much stuff!!!

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These are just way too cute! Hnng!

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Everything was awesome in New York! View spoilerHide spoiler

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Here comes the "off-topic" part of my blog, so if you're not interested in stuff I did in New York in general, you can skip directly to the comments or to the next blog! ~.O

Other stuff I did in New York!

I rented a small appartment in Brooklyn and mainly used the subway to get everywhere. Brooklyn itself was nice to check out too! Below you will find some random pictures from stuff I would like to talk about or point out. I made 2000+ pictures during my trip and it was way too much to talk about everything. So below is a really short summary. If you're wondering if I visited certain things or have some (more) pictures of something, feel free to leave a comment!

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The first morning. I had a jetlag, I was drinking lots of coffee and was watching Bob Ross paint on a TV that had 500+ channels. Perfect morning to start off!

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I gasped. This stuff is real??? I thought it was limited to South Park, but there are really jewellry shopping channels? Oh man.

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I had to try out a pretzel of course! I'm going to be honest and say that I wasn't that big of a fan. It was too dry for me. Maybe it's also because we Dutch people are so used to butter and/or cheese on almost everything.

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Central Park had so much squirrels! So cute!

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I had a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast...three times. That mixed-omelette-on-pita-bread-thing was so good! Also if you order regular coffee you get 2x milk 2x sugar, wow! Here if you order a regular coffee you get nothing in it.

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Here is a rare picture of a Maakie in the wild without make-up or cosplay on! *gasp* If you look really closely the statue of Liberty is left of me. I wanted to make that day extra special by wearing my favorite shirt ITEM #37378 View spoilerHide spoilerhere is PROOF that this ultra-rare shirt exists!!!. "Fun" fact: My hands are the only part of my body showing my true age. *starts sobbing slightly*

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'Murica. No seriously, I can't think of any other place where a bumper sticker like this could be considered normal.

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And yes, the crazy preachers with the signs. They really exist outside of movies, oh man! This was a group of guys repeating the same few sentences over and over and over again at Wall Street. It was specifically aimed at prostitutes and the people visiting them.

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Amazing looking ice cream cakes! But so expensive!

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And this is where one of my favorite scenes from my favorite anime Baccano! took place (where Miria and Isaac visit the hat shop). It was a lot bigger and more overwhelming than I expected! I'm sad that I couldn't find the exact same alley, but I'm also not sure if it really exists. Nowadays this is also a Russian neighborhood. It was very interesting to check out the stores, but I got very confused as a lot of people saw me as a Russian person and tried to have conversations with me which ended up being really awkward.

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Going to Coney Island became one of the highlights from my visit to New York. I didn't expect to like it that much! I absolutely love art deco and old-American style and I'm fond of amusement parks and fairs, so this was a big hit for me. The Wonder Wheel was quite amazing as it looks like a normal ferris wheel, but the baskets can move by themselves on small rails. Even if you don't want to get in rides, I would recommend people to visit this place just to look around!

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When I visited a small museum there was this map from older regions of New York. I had a little bit of Dutch pride here. :) View spoilerHide spoilerGravesend is in the Netherlands a place called 's Gravezande, we also have a Utrecht, Brooklyn comes from the Dutch place Breukelen and I can continue like this. ;)

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There were lots of really beautiful parks in New York! Most of them were also a lot bigger than I expected and had nice detailing with statues, staircases etc. I defenitely recommend people to check out the parks too when they visit NY themselves.

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This was a really cute Mexican restuarant I visited. Unfortunately I forgot the name, but I remember it was in Brooklyn.

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Something you will see a lot in NY is really modern buildings being directly placed to older styles. I think that looks pretty amazing, but it's not everyone's taste.

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New York cheesecake! I expected this to be pretty gross, but it was actually quite good, although not a favorite. I'm glad to have tried it out, though!

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An advertisement on how close the McDonalds is on a fruit stand. Seriously?

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I saw so much nice cars while in New York! Just thinking about how much time and money it takes to keep a car like this is such a condition, that's lots of dedication!

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A Chinese medicine store that had quite some interesting things on display...

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FREEDOM. FLAGS. EAGLE.

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Grand Central Station looked really amazing, but it was smaller than all the movies let it look like. Still, if you're closeby you should at least see the main hall!

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The inside of the Chrysler building! You can walk freely in and out of this one. You need to watch out though, as this building is still used for business, so you have a lot of people walking around, so don't be an annoying tourist like I was (lol)!

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Things like this I saw a lot in New york and made me sad... So much huge, nice looking buildings and then from up close...so many damages!

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From the sadness of damaged buildings to...Times Square! It was incredibly overwhelming and I spend a lot of time here just sitting around and looking at all the screens. There is so much happening at all times!

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One of the lunches I had in a cute bar/diner! I had so much amazing food while in New York! <3 There are just so much different eateries and especially all the small ones with interesting menu's are so nice to see in such a big city!

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A real American diner. I had a handmade milkshake here!

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Always good to know...

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The Brooklyn Bridge is amazing by itself, and the view next and from it is great too! People here recommend you to rent a bike and go over the bridge, but I personally wouldn't recommend that. On the bridge itself it was incredibly busy and annoyed bikers were trying to get through hordes of walking (and stopping for photographing) tourist. So my advice: just walk and enjoy the view. :)

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I promised a friend to try and find the biggest drink while in NY. This is what I ended up with, sauce packages for scale. It was 1,5 liters if I remember correctly. That's about the regular size of a full bottle of soda in the Netherlands.

And just some random stuff to end my blog with! I love taking pictures of flower and nature whenever I'm outside! So enjoy!

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And that concludes my blog of my trip to New York! It took incredibly long to write up, so I'm sorry for that! I still hope people enjoyed it! :) My next blog will be a grab box I got a while ago, but didn't write about yet. I hope you guys are looking forward to it! ^w^
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Thunder (3 anos atrás) #3324620I have faith that FAO will be back. The location has been moved before due to similar circumstances.
Also, I saw Niagara Falls mentioned. If you can, I very highly recommend trying to get over to the Canadian side. You can get really close to the horseshoe falls on the Canadian side and it's simply an incredible view.


I hope so, because stores like this are a really special place to visit, also for tourists. :)

I didn't know that, thank you for the tip! Also in general I never went to Canada, so I would like to visit multiple places there too! :)
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I have faith that FAO will be back. The location has been moved before due to similar circumstances.

Also, I saw Niagara Falls mentioned. If you can, I very highly recommend trying to get over to the Canadian side. You can get really close to the horseshoe falls on the Canadian side and it's simply an incredible view.
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Kazkari (3 anos atrás) #3308822Nah I haven't seen any, I suppose I can think of one and there is probably some in London but theres almost no variety plus having to travel hundreds of miles just to pay more money isn't worth it lol. I might be missing something but I've never really seen enough haha.

Oh yeah same for me, the long travel is not worth the time and money, That's why I mostly stick to the internet and conventions for my shopping! ^^

iPOUT (3 anos atrás) #3308838As a person who lives in NY, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and I'm sorry most stores weren't welcoming or even open at all. If you ever decide to go again there are a few other stores you can visit like Kinokuniya, Midtown Comics, or Nintendo World.

Do you also encounter that a lot whenever you try to visit NYC stores yourself? :O

Those 3 stores I indeed missed. 2 because of lack of time and the Nintendo World store I heard about for the first time by getting a reply on this blog. If I ever visit NY again, I'll make sure to see those! :)

Thunder (3 anos atrás) #3308993The one toy store looked like FAO Schwarz, but if my memory serves me right it wasn't. It's been a couple of years since I was last in NYC even though I like pretty much in its shadow XD Anyway, you should definitely check that place out if you visit again. It's mind blowing how awesome the interior is. It's temporarily closed right now while Toys 'R' Us looks for a new location with cheaper rent, though.
Anyway, this was a good read and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!


Yeah I got a comment that it indeed was FAO, which now isn't existing anymore. :(

Thank you very much for the tip and liking the blog! ^^

GodYagami (3 anos atrás) #3309574Waah, I didn't know you went to NY!!
That's so nice, dear. So many pictures, seems you have lots of fun!


It was almost a year ago, already, haha!

And I had lots of fun and enjoyed myself greatly! :) I don't know if you ever went there before or plan to do, but I highly recommend it! :)

secretly-otaku (3 anos atrás) #3309706I know! My job would be at risk too if I had such an attitude with a customer XD. Anyway, based on comments seen in this blog, it appears that the "attitude" is a staple of the city, so it has to be part of the experience xD.
I didn't have much time for sightseeing, but was able to visit the Natural History Museum and the Statue of Liberty. I loved the Museum, but I can't say the same about my visit to Ms. Liberty. I mean, it is an impressive estructure with such an important historic background, but the day I went it was SO HOT AND HUMID I had a headache pretty much all day, so unfortunately I couldn't enjoy the experience completely.
About Rochester, I think there isn't much happening there. It is a much smaller city than New York. There was the Kodak Museum, but I don't know if it still exist xD. It is a couple of hours away from the Niagara Falls, so we did that trip and it was really nice! And we did the trip at night, so we were able to see the Falls illuminated with lights of different colors. Anyway, one of my brother's friends let us stay at his place while in Rochester, which is pretty much the stereotypical american suburban home with a huge yard and the white fence and with neighbors being nice and friendly... I just loved that xP.
BTW, it was a good opportunity to wear your Baccano shirt. Now you can proceed to frame it xD


It was so mixed for me. People were either really friendly, helpful and interested or they had a HUGE attitude. :P

I also went to the Natural History Museum and loved it. :) The statue of Liberty I only saw from afar and a bit closer with the boat trip (the picture where I'm wearing my Baccano! t-shirt). Before going to NYC I already read some stuff about the statue of liberty and the huge waiting lines and big price you have to pay to visit it. So I skipped getting inside it on purpose.

Oh yeah the Niagra Falls I also really want to visit. But actually there is just SO MUCH stuff left for me in the US to explore, it's so big!

Ahh, I always hear a lot about American neighborhoods and communities. I don't know what to think, everybody always being nice could get scary or annoying after a while too? xD

Hahah, I'm actually planning on continueing on wearing it and buying a second one to keep in sealed/mint condition. I'm such a bad person. xD
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Maakie (3 anos atrás) #3306774I have been buying a lot less figures and used a lot of that saved money on this trip and my Florida trip! My Florida-trip I'm not sure yet if it's interesting enough to talk about in a blog, so I'm still thinking about that. ;)
In shops I noticed that shopkeepers were either really happy and joyful to help, or they gave me an attitude likewise to your example. I don't understand how they can get away with that. If I would say something like that a my job, I would get fired right away. :P The first example I remember from my own trip is that I saw a nice coat on a rack, but it wasn't my size. So I asked:
Me: "Do you have these also in a smaller size?"
Shopkeeper: *mumbling* "Humhuumhum not others humhumuhum."
Me: "Sorry, you said not with the others?"
Shopkeeper: "IF IT'S NOT WITH THE OTHERS THEN WE DON'T HAVE IT YEESH"
I think a lot of people love to visit New York, but it really has to be your personality to want to live there. Personally I saw most of the sightseeing I wanted, so I'm moving on to next places for holidays. For now I want to focus more on smaller places in Europe, also keeping my budget in mind as I've been to 2 expensive places in quite a short while. ;) Rochester I only heard of by name, what's the kind of stuff you can do there?
I know! My job would be at risk too if I had such an attitude with a customer XD. Anyway, based on comments seen in this blog, it appears that the "attitude" is a staple of the city, so it has to be part of the experience xD.

I didn't have much time for sightseeing, but was able to visit the Natural History Museum and the Statue of Liberty. I loved the Museum, but I can't say the same about my visit to Ms. Liberty. I mean, it is an impressive estructure with such an important historic background, but the day I went it was SO HOT AND HUMID I had a headache pretty much all day, so unfortunately I couldn't enjoy the experience completely.

About Rochester, I think there isn't much happening there. It is a much smaller city than New York. There was the Kodak Museum, but I don't know if it still exist xD. It is a couple of hours away from the Niagara Falls, so we did that trip and it was really nice! And we did the trip at night, so we were able to see the Falls illuminated with lights of different colors. Anyway, one of my brother's friends let us stay at his place while in Rochester, which is pretty much the stereotypical american suburban home with a huge yard and the white fence and with neighbors being nice and friendly... I just loved that xP.

BTW, it was a good opportunity to wear your Baccano shirt. Now you can proceed to frame it xD
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Waah, I didn't know you went to NY!!
That's so nice, dear. So many pictures, seems you have lots of fun!
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The one toy store looked like FAO Schwarz, but if my memory serves me right it wasn't. It's been a couple of years since I was last in NYC even though I like pretty much in its shadow XD Anyway, you should definitely check that place out if you visit again. It's mind blowing how awesome the interior is. It's temporarily closed right now while Toys 'R' Us looks for a new location with cheaper rent, though.

Anyway, this was a good read and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!
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As a person who lives in NY, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and I'm sorry most stores weren't welcoming or even open at all. If you ever decide to go again there are a few other stores you can visit like Kinokuniya, Midtown Comics, or Nintendo World.
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Maakie (3 anos atrás) #3308585I'm pretty sure there are multiple physical stores. I know there are at least 2 anime stores in London. ;) But I think you're better off visiting conventions? From what I hear UK ones can be pretty big, so I guess they also have a lot of stands?

Nah I haven't seen any, I suppose I can think of one and there is probably some in London but theres almost no variety plus having to travel hundreds of miles just to pay more money isn't worth it lol. I might be missing something but I've never really seen enough haha.
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Kazkari (3 anos atrás) #3308573I wish the UK had places where you could see real physical figures.....

I'm pretty sure there are multiple physical stores. I know there are at least 2 anime stores in London. ;) But I think you're better off visiting conventions? From what I hear UK ones can be pretty big, so I guess they also have a lot of stands?
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I wish the UK had places where you could see real physical figures.....
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