5 great geek shopping spots to check out in New York City

This certainly isn’t news but New York City has a lot of options for things to do, regardless of where your personal interests lie. There’s a good reason why millions of people live there and millions more check it out every year.

But one thing that New York has an amazing collection of are geeks shopping spots. These can range from comic shops to toy stores and so much more. For geeks of any kind, New York can be an incredible place to tour.

Forbidden Planet NYC

New York City, Forbidden Planet NYC

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Actress Bella Heathcote, actor Luke Evans and actress Rebecca Hall attend the Professor Marston and the Wonder Women meet and greet at New York’s Forbidden Planet on October 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Annapurna)

It’s an ominous name for an incredible comic shop. The first Forbidden Plant location opened its doors in London, England in 1978. New shops started popping up in other parts of the UK and eventually in New York City, with two distinct groups of stores operating under the same name.

Forbidden Planet NYC has an incredible stock of graphic novels and comic books to browse, not to mention a massive selection of toys, games, collectibles and statues. It’s the kind of place that geeks of all types converge when they’re in town.

Video Games New York

Anyone can buy current video games at stores like Walmart or Best Buy. But if you’re looking for something unique, special, vintage or just plain hard to find, Video Games New York is the store for you. It is a gaming nerdvana of sorts.

Located in the New York’s East Village, Video Games New York stocks anything and everything, going all the way back to old school consoles like Intellivision, Atari and Colecovision. On top of that, they stock a great selection of gaming merch.

Toy Tokyo

The East Village in New York has an interesting conglomeration of geek stops. A big one is Toy Tokyo, a shop with an impressive array of designer toys. Some of those offerings were created in Japan and are not easy to find in North America.

Naturally, Toy Tokyo carries a selection of toys from big brands like Funko, NECA and Mezco. But where this place really shines is there stock of unique and short run items from less familiar names to some like Secret Base, Coarse and Ron English.

Midtown Comics

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 20: A view of Midtown Manhattan during a sunrise as seen from the Edge observation deck at Hudson Yards on the first day of spring on March 20, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

When it comes to iconic New York City comic shops, it’s hard to have that conversation without mentioning Midtown Comics. This mainstay of the North American comics scene has four NYC locations, including Downtown and Times Square.

For some geeks, going to Midtown Comics is a holy pilgrimage of sorts. It’s collection of general geekery cannot be fully put into words. For anyone who reads comics, collects toys or has any similar pursuit, a stop at a Midtown Comics locations is virtually unavoidable.

The Wrestling Universe Store

Being a geek doesn’t mean only enjoying comics and superhero toys, though both those things are great. Pro wrestling has its own cadre of focused geeks. Naturally, New York has a store or two that caters to them, as well.

A big one is The Wrestling Universe Store. It stocks a great variety of toys, games, DVDs, books and more, all related to the world of pro wrestling. Plus, they have relatively frequently signings and photo ops with wrestlers from different companies and generations.