Sports gear stores for NYC kids
Give little athletes a head start on a winning season with youth-size bikes, ice skates, golf clubs and more.
Wed May 19 2010
Soccer ball from Adidas
Soccer cleats from Adidas
Soccer cleats from Adidas
Goggles from City Sports
Tennis racket from NYC Racquet Sports
Baseball mitts from Paragon Sports
Boys' roller blades from Paragon Sports
Girls' roller blades from Paragon Sports
Nike cleats from Paragon Sports
Pink lacrosse pack for girls at Sports Authority
Mongoose bicycle from Toys "R" Us
Razor scooter from Toys "R" Us
Ice skates from Westside Skate & Stick
Ice skates from Westside Skate & Stick
Soccer ball from Adidas
610 Broadway at Houston St (212-529-0081, shopadidas.com). Subway: B, D, F, V to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St.
While Adidas Originals on Wooster carries more fashionable duds (tracksuits, tees, wristbands) in children's and adult sizes, the sleek Sport Performance location on Broadway is stocked with the trusted brand's signature gear. Check out the tot-friendly cleats, soccer balls, shin guards and water-resistant watches. Of course, the star of the store is the colorful selection of sneakers (for big and small feet alike) with the Adidas trefoil logo.
• 390 Fifth Ave at 36th St (212-695-0171, citysports.com). Subway: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th St–Herald Sq.
• 64 W 48th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-730-2009, citysports.com) Subway: B, D, V, F to 47th—50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr.
Launched in Boston in 1983 by two tennis fiends, the NYC outposts of City Sports offer the same quality gear to kids as to older athletes. Our favorites: youth-sized Adidas soccer socks, petite swim and ski goggles, Mizuno baseball gloves and mouth guards with exoskeleton shock absorbers designed to protect children's jaws.
Emilio's Ski Shop
112-28 Queens Blvd between 76th Rd and 76th Ave, Forest Hills, Queens (718-544-0404, emiliosskishop.com). Subway: F to 75th Ave.
This second-generation mom-and-pop Queens ski shop offers a seasonal rental program perfect for growing feet—kids 12 and under can rent a new or used junior set of skis, boots and poles, and then exchange it for a different set when it no longer fits. Join the shop for its regular bus trips to nearby Hunter Mountain, Okemo and Wyndham—families will be on their own once they hit the slopes, but the store supplies a demo rental for the day (equipment is fitted, tuned and calibrated before use).
151 Smith St at Bergen St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-596-1511, homagebrooklyn.com).
Subway: F, G to Bergen St. This popular skate shop not only outfits tykes in the coolest duds, like boards by Krooked and Vans sneakers, but also offers one-hour weekend group ($30, kids ages 6 and up) and private ($60, all ages) skateboard lessons from experienced coaches. (Rental gear is available if you're not sure your child is ready to commit.) After the practice session, swing by the in-store caf for Mud coffee, juice and vegan muffins.
151 Seventh Ave between Carroll St and Garfield Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-636-9000, jackrabbitsports.com) Subway: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza.
Shop for a Bob Revolution jogging stroller to get baby used to running before he can even walk, or take the plunge and suit up little tadpoles in Speedo swimsuits and goggles. Parents can also sign up for running classes or get a shoe fitting using the store's advanced video analysis.
Modell's Sporting Goods
Various locations throughout the city; visit modells.com.
Families don't have to trek far to find affordable gear at the country's oldest family-owned sporting goods store. It's a no-frills chain, but you'll likely find what you're looking for, be it pint-sized baseball pants, a Eureka ThermaShield sleeping bag or blue suede bowling shoes.
666 Fifth Ave at 52nd St (212-515-6221, nba.com/nycstore). Subway: E, M to Lexington Ave–53rd St.
Pint-size basketball fans will be in heaven at this midtown store. After shopping for jerseys from your child's favorite team, let him play video games or watch exclusive NBA coverage on the arena-sized JumboTron. Check the website for player appearances and concerts throughout the year (past events have included signings with Magic Johnson and LeBron James, and concerts by Aaron Carter). The store's "center court" can be booked for birthday parties.
The North Face
• 139 Wooster St between Prince and Houston Sts (212-260-1000, thenorthface.com). Subway: R, W to Prince St; B, D, F, V to Broadway–Lafayette Sts; 6 to Bleecker St.
• 2101 Broadway at 73rd St (212-362-1000, thenorthface.com). Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St.
This trusted brand for cold-weather gear features a fashionable youth collection: amphibious footwear, kids' backpacks with extra-comfy straps, family-sized tents and sleeping bags meant to withstand frigid temperatures. In honor of National Camping Month (June), the stores will host free events where families can learn camping basics—how to select the right gear, how to correctly pack a backpack and more.
NYC Racquet Sports
157A W 35th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave (212-695-5353, grandcentralracquet.com). Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St--Penn Station; B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th--Herald Sq.
Tennis insiders have trusted Grand Central Racquet (40 E 45th St between Madison and Vanderbilt Aves, 212-292-8851) owner Woody Schneider to restring their Wilson, Price and Dunlop rackets since 1987. The store's fairly new 35th Street space—it opened in April 2009—has a separate 200-square-foot kids' room dedicated to rackets, foam teaching balls, and Adidas and Nike shoes for future pros (ask the staff for assistance). Look for the painting above the entryway that beckons little shoppers to "walk this way."
867 Broadway at 18th St (212-255-8036, paragonsports.com) Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq.
Whether bowling or badminton is peewee's passion, this Union Square superstore has got the goods. Among the 50,000 items are kid-worthy Adidas soccer jerseys and cleats (perfect for World Cup wannabes), Nike basketball shorts and sporty Speedo swimsuits—not to mention Dunlop squash rackets, Asics volleyball shoes and Aqua Lung wetsuits for Mom and Dad. While the shop carries options for infants to teens, the selection for kids ages six to 12 is the sweet spot—ask the staff for help in finding child-appropriate inline skates and baseball mitts.
• 101 Wooster St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-1776, patagonia.com) Subway: R, W to Prince St; 6 to Spring St.
• 426 Columbus Ave at 81st St (917-441-0011, patagonia.com) Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History; 1 to 79th St.
Before heading into the great outdoors, stock up on durable kids' duds—think lightweight long-sleeved hoodies with built-in sun protection and baby board shorts. Take a break from shopping and head to the reading area where Mom and Dad can brush up on environmentalism, conservation and other ecological issues while little ones cozy up to the Lego table.
519 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (212-226-1193, quiksilver.com) Subway: R, W to Prince St; 6 to Spring St.
Beyond the boys' board shorts and boxers, this California-based company also sells gear such as waterproof backpacks, flip-flops, wet suits, rash guards and surfboards. Tykes will dig the board-shaped door handles, surfing memorabilia and Playstation kiosks showing off the surf, snow and skate lifestyles.
• 75 Ave C between 5th and 6th Sts (212-475-1655, recycleabicycle.org). Subway: F, V Lower East Side--Second Ave.
• 35 Pearl St at Plymouth St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-858-2972, recycleabicycle.org) Subway: F to York St.
Teach children about recycling by buying them a bike that has been donated and revamped by this nonprofit shop—local teen volunteers restore many of the bikes, and profits benefit youth programs throughout New York City. You'll find the necessary helmets, locks and lights, but the real thrill for kids is jazzing up their "new" set of wheels with a vintage bike accessory, depending on what's in stock.
362 Seventh Ave between 10th and 11th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-1328) Subway: F to Seventh Ave. Though known for its selection of 718 merchandise (proud Brooklynites love the borough-centric kids' sweatshirts and tees), the small but well-stocked neighborhood store also sells all-purpose cleats, ready-to-play baseball gloves, swim caps, ice skates, Frisbees and soccer balls for kids to take to nearby Prospect Park.
Various locations throughout the city; visit sportsauthority.com.
The reliable chain offers something for every sport—Fila tennis shorts, Nike basketball sneakers and great starter sets for kids (a pink lacrosse pack for girls, plus Franklin and Nike baseball sets). City families with lots of outdoor space (or a country home) can pick up a trampoline to bounce the days away.
Tents & Trails
21 Park Pl between Broadway and Church St (212-227-1760, tenttrails.com). Subway: R, W to City Hall; 2, 3 to Park Pl.
The go-to place to stock up for a family camping trip, this downtown store's 6,000 square feet are stuffed with backpacking equipment, clothing and more than 100 types of tents—plus essentials like first-aid kits, lanterns and GPS devices. Checkthe store's event calendar for an ongoing roster of talks on local hiking (what to wear, what to bring).
Westside Skate & Stick
174 Fifth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Sts, suite 504 (212-228-8400, wsskate.com). Subway: R, W to 23rd St.
Skater boys and girls can find everything they need for roller hockey, and figure and inline skating. While there, pick up a Zca rolling carry-all bag—it's designed to help kids lug around their heavy gear. Staff members can aid in finding local coaches and summer sport camps for your child.
The World of Golf
147 E 47th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-755-9398, theworldofgolf.com). Subway: E, M to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St.
The knowledgeable staff at this midtown shop will fit first-time golfers for a junior set of clubs—choose from brands like Callaway, Taylor Made and U.S. Kids. Also on tap: golf shoes from FootJoy and Nike (youth sizes 1 to 6).
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