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OMG There is a Lego Store at Rockefeller

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As a general rule, I avoid Rockefeller Center, especially on the weekends. It’s not as much of a cluster fuck as Times Square, but it’s pretty close. I never regretted this until this past weekend, when I discovered there is a Lego Store right by the ice skating rink.

There are very few brands that I am a complete screaming fan girl for, and Lego is one of them. Buildings built from knock off Legos were never as sturdy, and their color pallete was muted and gross. With Legos, you could build a fortress entirely with bright blue bricks, or just stick to the directions to build a castle, pirate ship, etc. As an adult, Legos are one of the few toys that are still fun to play with, versus keeping your Power Rangers for nostalgic purposes. The store blew my mind. There is an entire wall of tubs filled with pieces sorted by color, shape, and size you can buy in bulk. So if you need a small tub of just neon green rectangular pieces, you can make that happen. Even if you’re not buying anything, it feels great to run your hands through the tubs.

Lego sets keep getting more ridiculous over time. There’s a fire station that hooks into a department store, the Death Star, police boats, underwater kingdoms with squids that take hostages…Then there’s the Lego sculptures decorating the store. There is a friendly green sea serpent flowing around the ceiling and a giant Lego guy depicting the statue of Atlas. Legos are still just as expensive as they were when you were a kid, but they’re still just as fun to stare at.

Photo from

The Lego Store
620 Fifth Avenue on Rockefeller Center

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.