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Jets Shop in Midtown: It Couldn't Be Better


Many Jets fans withstood a rainy commute through the streets of New York City to be a part of Wednesday's grand opening of the Jets Shop store in midtown Manhattan.

Upon walking up to the store on 50th Street between Madison and Park avenues and passing through the shop's glass doors, your eyes are drawn to a large, illuminated Jets logo hanging on the wall across from you.

"This is just Jets," said team owner Woody Johnson, who was in attendance to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as mingle with fellow Jets fans. "It's all green, all green."

Johnson wasn't exaggerating. The shop's tall ceilings make room for the vast selection of jerseys, including, of course, the home, away, and blue & gold Titans throwback jersey for first-round draft pick Mark Sanchez.

The store is filled with swag for people of all shapes and sizes, including the newest line of Jets 50th Anniversary shirts and hats.

There's no shortage of memorabilia for the ultimate fan, with golfbags, automobile headrest covers and license plate frames, to name a few.

One item in particular caught defensive tackle Kris Jenkins' eye.

"The barbecue grilling set," he said. "I'll probably have to get that at some point in time."

Jenkins and center Nick Mangold were on hand and talked football with fans while signing autographs and posing for photographs.

"It's fantastic," Mangold said. "It's a great spot for the fans to come to one spot and get whatever they need. I think it's a great thing for the fans.

"What could you not like about it?" said Jenkins. "It's just everything. It's how it's supposed to be."

And it's just the kind of store diehard fans like Brooklyn-native Robert Lugo have been wishing for.

Lugo, who came to the store with his equally enthusiastic daughter, Stephanie, gushed about his favorite Jet, Wayne Chrebet, while picking up items for his family and Jets-dominated basement sports collection.

"I even got my dog a jersey," said Lugo, holding up the petwear that's offered in four sizes. "My doggy's a Jets fan too, she just don't know it."

As a baby, Lugo's daughter would watch him as he rooted for his favorite football team. He recounted with pride that his daughter's first word was …

"Touchdown!" said Stephanie, finishing her dad's sentence.

Michelle and Natalie, veteran cheerleaders for the Jets Flight Crew, were also excited to be a part of the celebration.

"I think it looks fantastic," said Natalie. "I love the big logo. I love the colors. I love the pictures, all the signed things. It's pretty cool for Jets fans."

"I literally want to buy everything," added Michelle.

With Father's Day a little more than two weeks away, the store can be the one-stop shop for the son or daughter of your family's No. 1 Jets fan.

Johnson also said the shop will be used for events and ceremonies as well as selling Green & White merchandise.

"I think in the shadow of St. Patrick's, it couldn't be better," said Johnson. "This is really the sweet spot of New York in these couple of blocks, where you've got Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Palace Hotel, Saks. This is kind of a historic area in general. Really, this is 'midtown' midtown, so to be here, I think, is great for the Jets."

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