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Best Toy Store New York 2012 - Dinosaur Hill

Dinosaur Hill

Dinosaur Hill

306 E. 9th St.

New York, NY 10003

212-473-5850

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Readers' Choice: Kidding Around

Admittedly, we thought this toy store would have a lot of dinosaurs. We spotted a few, but what really stands out in this 29-year-old East Village toy chest named Dinosaur Hill is the number of medieval-themed toys, our favorite being a Camelot finger-puppet set ($80) complete with a gold-lamé-covered dragon. That's close enough to a dino, right? Dinosaur Hill's contents are playthings for the hip, intellectual set's offspring: science sets, more puppets, plus a nice collection of baby clothes and toys. Our favorite finds included a baby's first Yankees primer, miniature models of New York City subway cars, and a book of rock-'n'-roll Mad Libs ("The Beatles were not only the most [adjective] band of all time, they were probably the most critically acclaimed [noun] in the history of music"). The best part: We did not once spot a creepy Bratz doll. 306 East 9th Street, 212-473-5850, dinosaurhill.com (10003)

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