Dismantling Chinatown Fair Arcade (RIP)
Merely twelve hours after shuttering its decades-old home, Chinatown Fair Arcade wasted no time vacating the musty storefront of 8 Mott Street. We stopped by yesterday at around 12:30 pm to pay our last respects to a place which harbors some fond memories. It was a somber sight, and one we won’t soon forget.
A handful of headphoned teens congregated at the doorway to watch the destruction of their Mecca. Some learned of the arcade’s fate upon arrival from the outer Boroughs, and cracked a blank stare. Others were on cell phones explaining to their friends the bad news. And through it all, a team of laborers dismantled and unloaded the video games into a parked cargo truck across the street.
The machines were reportedly driven to a storage facility in Queens, where they will sit until the alleged Williamsburg location is ready.
Please feel free to leave any memories, condolences, and/or obituaries of the Chinatown Fair Arcade in the comments…