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Welcome to Modern State! Please stroll through our new website to see an overview of our multi-department store. Future additions to this site will include online sales. You've know us as "State News" since 1979. We've been serving the Upper East Side for nearly 40 years, and now, we're ready for a name change to "Modern State". COME CELEBRATE WITH US! We're still the same friendly people with great service!...

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We're proud to be called New York's favorite Toy Store! We offer the latest games, dolls, building sets and more as well as endearing classics. Infants, Teens or In-Between, there's tons of fun for everyone!...

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Lego, Fisher Price, Melissa & Doug, Alex...all the top brands and latest styles can be found in our extensive Toy Department!...

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Party Supplies!

The Upper East Side's best location for everything in party supplies! We carry a full line of party supplies to make your next event super-spectacularly awesome: Birthday Parties, Graduation Parties, Retirement Parties, Invitations, Candy, Giftwrap, Tableware, Decorations, Balloons ...

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We offer the most convenient and worry free balloon shopping in the area. Choose from a large selection of latex, mylar, light up and more for pick up or delivery. The perfect way to brighten any party or function!...

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Greeting Cards!

Whatever the occasion, holiday or everyday, Modern State has exactly the right sentiment to let someone know you care. Birthday, graduation, sympathy and more, you'll find it all in our Greeting Card Dept......

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From school projects to office essentials, our Stationery Department has just the right item to make the job better and easier! This all-in-one area includes Craft and Art Supplies as well as basic school/office needs such as pens, paper, notebooks, binders and envelopes. There's no need to shop anywhere else!...

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Fine Arts!

Modern State has the largest supply of Fine Arts materials in the area! Whether it's a student project or a professional painting we have all the top brands to help you achieve your vision in style. Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor Paints. Stretched Canvas and brushes for any medium. We're committed to help you unveil your inner artist....


Two Convenient NYC Upper East Side Stores

State News has been operating since 1972. We started out as a single storefront operation in New Jersey which grew into twelve locations. We then took over all the news stands at the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal. In 1979 we opened at the present location 1243 Third Avenue on 72nd street. On September 6, 2006 we had a grand opening at 112 East 86th Street.
We are neighborhood stores and cater to each locations’ needs which vary slightly from store to store. We try our best to keep up with trends and have changed our product mix accordingly. Friendly customer service is a key ingredient in our day to day operation. To get updates from us via email, click here.

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