We are firm believers in enjoying this time of year with friends and family instead of shopping for presents that nobody wants, so we are going to let you in on a little secret that will simplify the process for you.
Our secret is theÂ Playing Mantis,Â a magical old-fashioned toystore at 32 North Moore StreetÂ in the cobblestone streets of Tribeca.
This magical store is a quiet, safe haven for the tired masses. The relaxed and easy atmosphere makes you want to stay inside for hours, fiddling with instruments and reminiscing about long sun-soaked afternoons in the children’s room at your grandparent’s house.
There are moss-coveredÂ gnome houses, dancing puppets,Â miniatureÂ kitchenettes,Â wooden chessboards and birdhouses, colorful multi-ethnic dolls, heroicÂ archers and swordsmen costumes, beautiful old-fashionedÂ storybooks andÂ hand-made mobiles that lull the most anxious child to sleep.
What’s more, the toys and crafts are all handmade from around the world, inspired by stories of heritage, culture, and a passion for artisanal craftsmanship. Nothing in this place will be thrown in a corner after 5 minutes by the child in question. Rather, the child will most likely cherish and protect the toy and eventually want to turn it into an heirloom someday. Just what we love here.
Playing Mantis is on 32 North Moore Street, New York, NY 10013.
Open to everyday until 7pm; except for Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm.