‘Xeno Zero’ Game Center Takes Over from Joe Sheftel at 24 Orchard Street
Now here’s one we didn’t see coming. A new video game shop just bowed on lower Orchard Street. Behold, the alliterative Xeno Zero. Finally some retail diversity in the gallery district.
This new “game center” at 24 Orchard Street arrives roughly two months after Joe Sheftel closed his eponymous gallery. He had pulled the plug after nearly four years to accept a position as director of donor relations at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Xeno Zero spent the last several weeks preparing the space; illuminated signage went up just before the new year.
As the name suggests, the concept highlights Xeno, the sci-fi Japanese role-playing series for various gaming platforms. The store itself features, cards, collectibles, and lots of seating for gameplay. Check out the window display for a taste.
Xeno Zero is actually the second such establishment to open in the area in recent months. Indeed, the subterranean Gamer’s Paradise is just around the corner, in the basement of Ludlow Street.
Meanwhile, Kenneth Reeve Apparel Limited is still kickin’ it in the south store of 24 Orchard Street.