Some of the nation’s best-known cities have long been home to brick-and-mortar stores, including New York City, which once boasted a population of more than 50 million and had its own version of a Lego store.
But the nation has seen a rise in Lego shops in the past year, and now some cities in the New Jersey area stand out as prime places to shop the toy, with some locations selling out months in advance.
Here are five places to visit and buy the popular brick-built toys:Jersey CityThe city’s largest Lego-shop is located at the corner of Hudson and Atlantic avenues, in a large brick-clad building.
There are two shops per block.
The store is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.p.m.-4 p.p., with a limited number of regular and extended hours.
(Courtesy of The Brick House)Hudson CityAt Hudson’s Brick House, you’ll find plenty of places to pick up Lego bricks.
The brick-building shop is open Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.n.m.–8 p.d., with limited hours, and Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.s.m-4 p., with extended hours; phone numbers and hours of operation can be found on the store’s website.(Courtesy of Hudson Brick House/Facebook)MiddlesexThe borough’s Lego-store is in the center of the city, at the intersection of Hudson Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard.
You’ll find two shops on each block, and a limited amount of regular hours, as well as an extended hours of 10 a,s.p.-5 p.s., Sunday through Thursday.
(Photos: Christopher S. Oquendo)ManahawkinMansfield, the borough’s second-largest Lego-maker, has a second brick-making shop at the former Manahawkins Brick Works.
It is open weekdays from 10 a-1 p.r.
(6 a.c.-8 p, GMT), and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 p.a.m to 4:30 s.m, and on Sundays from 9:30 to 11:30.
It has limited hours of 8 a.d.-3 p.i.m.; phone numbers can be seen at its website.
MiddlesbroughThe borough has three brick-manufacturing sites, located at Broughton Avenue and Westwood Boulevard, with a total of six locations, each with different hours of business.
The Brick House in Westwood is open on weekdays 7 a.-m.
and Saturday from 8 a.-3:30 and Sunday 1-4, and 10 a.-7 p.h.
(9 a.l.-6 p., GMT).
(Photos by Christopher Oquenda/Flickr)ManalapanThe borough of Manalapan is home to Brick House of Manali, a brick- and mortar store that sells to brick retailers in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
The Brick Houses in Newburyport, South Plainfield and East Bridgewater, which also have brick-shop spaces, are open on weekends, and they offer limited hours.
You can also buy the toys from the Manalapas Brick Factory at East Bridgewater.
(Photo: Manalapa Brick Factory)TrentonTrentonian Brickworks has a brick shop at 542 East Broadway in Trenton, and two brick-laying shops in West Trenton and the borough of Fair Lawn.
(You can see more photos of Brick House and Brick House brick-baking in this post.)
SomervilleSomalia is home of the Somerville Brick Company, a large, brick-makers-only factory in Somerville.
(The Brickhouse is open from 7 a-m.
Sunday through Friday.
Phone numbers and phone hours can be obtained at the Brickhouse website.)(Courtesy: Somerville LEGO Company)BethlehemNewark is home base for the Brick House on West Street, which is home for the Newark Brick Factory.
(Brick House is open daily, from 8:30 am–4:30 pm; phone number and hours can also be obtained on their website.)
WestchesterThe boroughs of Orange, Clinton, and Putnam are home to several brick-working locations.
The main brick-maker is at the site of the former New York Brick Company on West Avenue.
The shops also have a brick factory and a factory for building blocks.
(More photos of the Brick Houses here.)
BethsedaThe Brick Houses on the Bayside are open from 10 am to 6 pm.
(Click here to find the BrickHouse locations closest to you.)
East HamptonThe BrickHouse is open Saturdays from 9 a.h.-5:30pm, with extended weekend