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“TERRIBLE!!! Will NEVER recommend this to anyone.” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of FDNY Fire Zone

FDNY Fire Zone
Ranked #311 of 1,068 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Climb aboard a fire truck, try on a bunker coat, learn how to action against the power of fire. The FDNY Fire Zone is a state-of-the-art fire safety learning center run by the FDNY Foundation in association with the New York City Fire Dept. Visit our store and pick up officially licensed FDNY clothing and souvenirs.
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“TERRIBLE!!! Will NEVER recommend this to anyone.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband and I visited this store while in NYC on our honeymoon. My husband is a firefighter so of course he wanted to get FDNY shirts to bring home with us. It is the tiniest store I have ever seen. There were a bunch of kids on the other side of a small door/wall getting a fire safety presentation. The short divider type door that you can see over was not closed. We never entered the area since the kids were in there, but took a quick peek over top to see the stuff on the other side not disturbing anyone or entering the other side in any way. The older man working at the Fire Zone in a raised voice with a rude tone told us we were NOT allowed in there they have a tour. Which we clearly could see and were not entering there anyways. My husband is a firefighter and I used to work at our REAL Fire Dept therefore we do not wish to see a FAKE children's one...there was no reason to treat paying customers so poorly and rudely for just LOOKING. As we were trying to pick out our purchases we were then rudely told by the same man we had to move to the tiny corner by the cash register so they could sit the kids right in front of the entrance of the store and continue talking to them!!! No one could get out or in...so we could not shop and were now stuck in the store!? 15 minutes later after they moved the kids back to the other room we could leave the store. There was no reason to treat people SO awful or trap them in. You go to a store to shop an support the FDNY and can't do anything. What a disappointment.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“For the fire chaser”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

On the south side of the street, under a big blue FDNY flag. More of a FDNY giftshop than anything, it is tucked into a very small space. We didn't do the fire safety tour since I'm retired FD. Bring a dept patch if you go and they will add it to their walls.

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Difficult to find, but worth the trek”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

This was the first stop on our NYC vacation, because my 4 year old is already a fireman (he knows a lot). We were allowed to join the presentation with a word of caution that there were some parts that might be scary. He loved it! We picked up some great pointers to improve our pre-planning for our home and he was reminded of the dangers of fire. He may not be in FDNY, but rest assured that he will cherish the memory of the lessons. This is a must do for anyone with kids that love the fire service.

Visited July 2012
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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“Closed on the day, but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

We were planning on visiting this location on Sunday 24th June, but unfortunatly, only the shop was open. As it was the only day we were able to visit, we would normally have been disappointed. However, we were friendly greeted by a local fireman who explained what was going on and had a nice chat about where we came from, etc... Good fun.

Thumbs up for the staff in this location. It is rare sight to find friendly staff in NYC tourist attractions these days :-)

Visited June 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“very good shop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

the firemen who work here (most of them are retired) are very interesting to talk to and are very friendly. The shop has all sorts of t-shirts, books, and toy fire trucks. The learning experience looked cool but I did not stay around to see it. It is a little whole in the wall place on the south side of 51st street so keep your eyes open when walking to find it.

Visited June 2012
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