If you’re just petering around New York today and feeling nostalgic, then head on down to Broadway and go visit Josh Baskin’s old Big apartment.
Granted, Josh won’t likely be hanging out at e-commerce mattress and furniture company Zinus’s Big open house today, which celebrates this weekend’s 30th anniversary of Penny Marshall’s beloved film starring Tom Hanks as the 12-year-old who wishes to be bigger and ends up in a middle-aged man's body. But if we’re to believe Zinus' marketing photos… at least Skylar Astin popped by.
What the Pitch Perfect star has to do with all of this, we’re still a bit unclear, as the press release didn’t mention him. But hey, it looks like he’s having a ball, and you can too, today only, at Zinus’ pop-up that recreates Baskin’s NYC bachelor pad, complete with pinball machine, a trampoline, and all the blow up toys a kid of any size could ask for.
You remember the loft, right? Where that crafty Baskin convinces Elizabeth Perkins to have a sleepover...
At today’s open house, you can also dance on a giant foot-playing piano and get sage fortunes from a Zoltar machine, but neither item was technically at Josh’s swank apartment – which he lands after becoming a toy marketing exec while displaying no foreseeable skills other than imaginative playing. The piano was at the FAO Schwartz where Josh first meets future boss Robert Loggia. And Josh spends the entire movie looking for the Zoltar machine that got him all big in the first place. If that was in the apartment, we wouldn’t even have a movie!
Minutiae aside, if you’re going to celebrate the film’s staying power, it’s novel to do so with the novelties that got you there. As such, Zinus is having a special right now on some limited-edition Big-inspired bunk beds. So kudos to them for the inventive marketing campaign; it’s not everyday we cover furniture stores around here.
If you’re in the neighborhood today, head on down to 873 Broadway (and 18th Street), New York, NY 10003 between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. If you’re not, check out some pics in the gallery below, then let us know in the comments what you think Josh Baskin’s room looks like as a 42-year-old these days.