2005_07_buildabear.jpgBuild a Bear, the furry phenomenon from malls across the nation, is opening in New York today, and the Post reports that it will have official NYPD and FDNY bear-sized uniforms for people to outfit their stuffed animals. The City's marketing arm, NYC Marketing, which had asked various companies to offer up licensing opportunities for various NYC agencies, like the NYPD, FDNY, Department of Sanitation and more, last February, and it looks like Build-a-Bear met their RFP successfully. In fact, the bears will also get to wear transit worker and parks department uniforms. Gothamist would love to work on the window displays for Build-a-Bear's Fifth Avenue store: We'd create a mini New York Bear City tableau.

We love T. Sean Shannon's Bear City segments for Saturday Night Live. And clearly, Gothamist's favorite bear is this one.