A MODERN State News

Welcome to the modern version of a NYC classic. We are excited to share our growth and changes with you. 

Modern State News

Modern State offers you an amazing selection of options in two convenient locations. 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". We're still the same friendly people with great service.


Customer Reviews

4starPhil H, NYC.
"Wow - if you are looking for any kind of party decorations, wrapping, cards, table settings, noisemakers, this place is awesome! They have everything you can ask for, even a toy and game section. Magazines and candy too. Tons of stuff for the holidays - Halloween, July 4th, St Patrick's, etc. Also a section and desk for balloon orders. Place is packed with so much stuff it is crazy!" [source]

5star Marlo G, Hoboken, NJ.
"WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW!  This store is a one stop shop for parents, kids, teachers, party planners, gift givers, stationery lovers, arts & craft fiends!    There is NO OTHER STORE LIKE THIS on the UES!" [source]

Alex S., NYC.
"Judging from the name that it was a newsstand, I had passed by this place several times without looking closely, .  When my daughter found them listed on webkinz, we went inside and was I ever blown away!  So many toys and supplies and halloween costumes.  Two weeks later, we came back for our school supplies.  No, it's not especially reasonably priced for some items, but there are some cheaper finds among the thousands of trinkets; plus, if you need anything related to stationary or kids, and DR and CVS don't have it, I bet you'll find it here for sure." [source]

4star Ryan K, NYC.
"Oh.  My.  Gah.  I love this place.

Anything that you could ever need for a child's party, a classroom, a Quinceañera , a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a cotillion, Vacation Bible School, a class library, a coming out party, a debutante ball, a masquerade party, a road trip or game night can be found in this store.  And it can be found in abundance.

Where else can you find Travel Scrabble, a copy of "The Lightning Thief," Ugly Dolls, bulletin board trim, Jesus stickers, stress balls, European fashion magazines, dry erase markers, party hats,  and greeting cards under one convenient roof? 

The answer: not many places.

State News is beyond random, but for a teacher like me (or anyone coming upon any of the aforementioned life cycle events) it's a great one-stop shop." [source]


Our History

State News has been operating since 1972. We started out as a single storefront operation in New Jersey which grew into twelve locations. Our primary focus was offering NYC a great location for new and information. 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.


State News Products

Stationery, Cards & Gifts
Greeting Cards
Photo Albums
Arts and Crafts
Summer Toys - Water Guns, Super Soakers, Bubbles, Frisbees, Jump Rope, Pails and Shovels, Floaties, Tubes, Boards, Mini Pools
Plush Toys - Webkins, Ty, Gund, Russ Berrie
Figures - Papo, Spiderman, Transformers, Superman
Board Games - Apples to Apples, Bingo, Blowkus, Boggle, Cado, Candyland, Cariboo, Chess, Checkers, Chutes & Ladders, Clue, Connect Four, Cranium, Gobble IT Jr., Go to the Head of the Class, Hungry Hungry Hippo, High School Musical, I Spy, Life, Mastermind, Monopoly, Othello, Pictionary, Rat-a-Tat Cat, Rush Hour Jr., Scene It, Scrabble, Set, Slamwich, Taboo, Trouble, 20Q, Zingo
Puzzles - Wood Puzzles, Chunky Puzzles, Floor Puzzles
Arts & Crafts - Creativity for Kids, Alex, Melissa & Doug, Farber Castell, Ohio Art, Hama, Playdoh, Chenille Craft, Fibre Craft
Dolls - Mattel Barbie, My Scene, Polly Pocket, Bandai Bratz, Fisher Price, Carolle, Madame Alexander, Berenguer, Zapf, Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, High School Musical
Manipulatives/Building Systems - Magna Tiles, Lego, Wedgits, Knex, Lincoln Logs, Zoob, Zoomorphs, Playmobile, Clics
Learning Products - V-tech, Educational Insight, Learning Resources, Orda, Mighty Mind, Super Mind, Thomas The Tank Engine
Sports - Footballs, Soccer Balls, Baseballs, Bats, Knock Hockey, Basketballs
Handheld Electronic Games
Party Supplies
Birthday Themes - A selection of over 70 different patterns: Dora, Diego, Barbie, Disney Princesses, Spiderman, Transformers, Harry Potter, Rattatouie, Sesame Street, Cars, Pirates, All Sports, etc.
Florals - Caspari, Amscan, Paper Products, Design Design, etc.
Bachelorette / Engagement
Invitations/Thank You's
Balloons: Latex, Mylar