HARLEM — Harlem residents won't have to travel downtown to get their Lady Gaga, Captain America or Charlie Sheen Halloween costumes. Ricky’s NYC has opened a Halloween pop-up shop on 125th Street for the third year in a row.
But the company's Washington Heights Halloween pop-up store that opened last year will not be returning.
The Harlem Ricky's Costume Superstore, at 55 West 125th St. between Lenox and Fifth avenues, will stock the usual goblin and witch outfits and also feature an array of celebrity costumes.
“Having pop-up stores like these allows us to test out promising areas like Harlem with the possibility of opening up a permanent store in the future," said Adam Stupak of Task Realty which represented Ricky's.
The 5,180 square foot space is owned by Cogswell Realty, LLC. Ricky's is leasing the space for two months.
Ricky's previous Halloween pop-up locations on 125th Street were further east, Stupak said. The current location is half a block from the 2 and 3 express trains at 125th Street and has a high level of foot traffic.
Ricky's has ventured further and further uptown over the past few years. Last year, the company opened up its first pop-up shop above 125th Street at 610 W. 181st St., between Wadsworth and St. Nicholas avenues in Washington Heights, but chose not to return to the area this year.
At the 125th Street store, sexy Alice in Wonderland costumes were moving fast for adults ,while Avatar costumes for kids were doing well, said sales clerk Zanita Williams. Zombies were also hot this year.
"The scary costumes are popular this year," she said before recommending a police officer or sailor costume to a certain reporter asking her questions.
Annabelle Jacobs, 24, who passed the store on her way to work, was eyeing a princess costume for her dog.
"I have a pit bull and everyone thinks she's a monster, but she's the cutest thing ever," Jacobs said.
For her own costume, Jacobs had picked out a sexy Alice in Wonderland outfit but had yet to make a final decision.
"I like zombie's, but I don't want to be one. I want to be something hot and sexy," she said.