HARLEM — Madame Alexander, the toy company whose iconic dolls were favorites of little girls long before Barbie, has quietly shuttered its Harlem headquarters after a half a century.
The storied doll maker, which made the first licensed dolls of popular characters and celebrities, closed its museum and “doll hospital” at 615 West 131st St., after it was bought out by a Midtown-based toy manufacturer.
“We have moved. Please note we are not yet open to the public, including the company store, doll hospital or birthday parties. We’ll let you know when those are back in business — expected in 2013,” read a message on the Madame Alexander website, which was purchased by Kahn Lucas Lancaster, Inc. in June.