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Unique toy stores on Long Island

An interior shot of Funky Monkey, a toy

(Credit: Photo by Thomas A. Ferrara)

Open the doors of Funky Monkey in Greenvale, and it's like you've walked into a mini-FAO Schwarz without the schlep to Manhattan. There's a colorful tower shelf that's crammed with plush animals. A cutout of a blue monkey dangles from the ceiling.

Independent stores such as Funky Monkey let shoppers escape the impersonal experience found at some national chains. "I teach my customers how to play the games I sell," says Lainie Wasserman, owner of Lainie's Way in Port Jefferson.

There's no shortage of independent toy stores on Long Island. Here is a sampling of some unique options.

--Compiled by Beth Whitehouse

  • PORT JEFFERSON, NY - JULY 3, 2009: Board

    Boardwalk Games Inc. Toy store, Shopping, Kids 35 Chandler Square Port Jefferson Whether you're looking for a gift for a child or a seasoned gamer, the store ...

  • Cow Over The Moon in Huntington.

    Cow Over The Moon Collectibles, Toy store, Hobbies and Games 282 Main St. Huntington Sports memorabilia and books. Also known as Toys on Main Street. ...

  • Lynne Usher, who owns Einstein's Attic toy shop

    Einstein's Attic Shopping, Kids 79 Main St. Northport Reader pick: "When you go into this store, you know every toy has been checked ...

  • July 11, 2009- Oceanside, NY- Emagine Toys sells

    E-magine Toys & Gifts Shopping, Kids 44 Atlantic Ave. Oceanside Family-owned business selling educational toys, most of which don't require batteries. ...

  • Fantastic Kids in Great Neck. (May 10, 2013)

    Fantastic Kids Kids, Toy store, Games and supplies 50 Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck Toy store with a wide variety of jigsaw puzzles, from 24-piece circular floor puzzles for ...

  • Check out unique toys at Funky Monkey Treat

    Funky Monkey Toys & books Toy store 360 Wheatley Plaza Greenvale Trendy store selling toys and children's books. ...

  • Goldsmith's Toys and Electronics in Greenport. (Aug. 25,

    Goldsmith's Toys and Electronics Kids, Toy store 134 Main St. Greenport Goldsmith's is well known for their large collection of rubber duck's, they also carry plush ...

  • PORT JEFFERSON, NY - JULY 3, 2009: Webkinz

    Lainie's Way Kids, Toy store, Shopping 109 Main St. Port Jefferson Educational games and toys, garden decorations, kites, wind spinners and wind chimes. ...

  • PORT JEFFERSON STATION, NY - JULY 3, 2009:

    Learning Tower Toy store 4747-26 Nesconset Hwy. Port Jefferson Station Independent toy store with a section devoted to science that goes beyond the predictable chemistry ...

  • The exterior of Young Imagination, an independent toy

    Young Imagination Shopping, Kids 130 Deer Park Ave. Babylon An eclectic store often stocked with award-winning toys that have been cited by parent and ...

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