Just got two reports. First, about a prostitution and drugs bust there yesterday in one of Moscow’s advertising papers: http://www.metronews.ru/novosti/v-stolice-zaderzhali-30-prostitutok-iz-v-etnama/Tpoldm—Ny2vsVztUYwaM/, which sort of implies the market is still there. Second, an eyewitness report it is business as usual. See Vietnamese market >> I’M ASKED ABUT IT REGULARLY AND WILL APPRECIATE AN UPDATE.
Moscow’s main toy market is Savelosvky (Metro Savelovskaya). Haunted by the question of where are Russian made toys I’ve inspected numerous toy kiosks today while waiting for my computer’s screen to be replaced. None. All China. The Koptevo Toy Factory in Moscow remains the only source I know of but they make board games and puzzles, not old-fashioned metal things. None of Soviet era mechanical sets, airplane models with rubber band or even tiny internal combustion engines, make-yourself electric motors, true-to-life copies of construction equipment and other toys that teach skills and core principles of mechanics and physics. I’m disappointed with what Savelovsky, probably the biggest toy market in Moscow, has to offer.
Supposed to open after the Passover in Mar’yina Rosha at Ulitsa Oktyabrskaya 18, not far from its previous location at Trofimova 45(?).
Also there was an unconfirmed report of a Kosher store at Tishinskaya Ploshad 1, Tishinka Shopping and Expo Center, 1st floor.
Since a sizable % of travellers to Russia – at least those who entrust themselves to my care – are of Jewish descent I’m sharing the news with you about the recently opened “Museum of Jewish Culture and Tolerance”.
Ulitsa Obraztsova 11, building 1A
+ 7 495 645 0550
Open Sunday to Thur. 12 to 10pm, and Fridays 12 to 3pm. The closest metro station are Prospekt Mira, Rizhskaya, and Savelovskaya. Still a longish walk.
Some of the museum’s sections: Jewish history in general, East European Shtetl, Jews in the Russian revolution, Jewish culture during the Soviet period, Holocaust, 1980s emigration wave.
Next door to the cultural center, synagogue, and two ultra-expensive Kosher restaurants at Vtoroy Vysheslavtsev Pereulok 5a and to the Kosher store at Trifonovskaya that may now be closing..
PS. Inspected Jan. 7 2013. Fully trilingual: Russian, English, and Hebrew. Good balance between information density and usability. Even I, a card-carrying techno-peasant, was not overwhelmed but the multimedia nature of the museum. The entry fee is 400 roubles but I was for some reason charged the “invalid” rate of 200, possibly thanks to a slight hangover, or my new froggy hat that, in solemn Russian culture, servers as a certificate of mild-to-medium insanity. Since I was presented this thing on my 4Xth birthday the security people at airports stopped checking the content of my pockets, and bureaucrats became more patient than ever before. Traffic cops too have stopped stopping me. Silliness as a a refuge may deserve a special short essay, possibly under the Survival category.
PPS. I would also remark on Museum’s suitability for children. The format is child-friendly except perhaps the abundance of images of dead bodies. Lots of space. Chairs. Cafe. Numerous workshops for children. The exposition is also easy for someone with failing eyesight. A proper Jewish place in the good sense of the word.
- KITAYSKY KVARTAL, Prospekt Mira 12, Metro Sukarevskaya, east side of Prospekt Mira. Expensive and at the time of my visit, which was shortly after opening, it lacked many things that I though inseparable from the very idea of “Chinese”, eg. tofu. It did have proper iron woks however – a rarity in Moscow.
- A long time ago (in about 2008) there was an outlet hidden in the depths of the wallpaper factory at Verkhnaya Krasnoselskaya 2/1 by Metro Krasnoselskaya.
If you are looking for to-fu you best bet would be the Vietnamese market at Maryina Rosha. Fresh and real cheap, plus a lot more goodies. If in Moscow I can always give you a tour.