Dismantling Chinatown Fair Arcade (RIP)

Posted on: February 28th, 2011 at 6:49 am by

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.

This image has been archived or removed.

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.

This image has been archived or removed.

The machines were reportedly driven to a storage facility in Queens, where they will sit until the alleged Williamsburg location is ready.

This image has been archived or removed.

Please feel free to leave any memories, condolences, and/or obituaries of the Chinatown Fair Arcade in the comments…

Recent Stories

Luxury Accessories Brand ‘Title of Work’ Opens Flagship on Orchard Street

The eponymous Site 57 gallery spent two years in the ground floor of 57 Orchard Street before folding not long ago. It’s been replaced. A new fashion boutique just opened behind that corrugated metal awning. Title of Work is the name of the newcomer, which specializes in men’s formal accessories that “skillfully merges art, science, […]

New Target at Essex Crossing is Plagued by Thefts

For shoplifters, the bullseye on the facade of 400 Grand Street is an invitation. Indeed, the small-format iteration of Target at Essex Crossing has become just that in the short month since it opened. According to police sources at the 7th Precinct, there have been 42 reported thefts inside the second-floor retailer since the August […]

Chinatown Locals ‘Erase the Hate’ of Insensitive Gate Murals

One Los Angeles-based street artist angered residents in Chinatown for racially-insensitive caricatures across the neighborhood this weekend. Someone with the tag name Sickid1 imparted the controversial images on at least three store gates over the weekend – 34 Mott, 81 Allen, and 38 Allen Street. Outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan took it upon himself to […]

Another Malaysian Cafe Replaces the Old ‘Kopitiam’ HQ on Canal Street

The Perfect Taste is now on Canal Street. Literally. A new Malaysian cafe by that name opened yesterday in the original home of Kopitiam. The tiny shop takes over after the latter moved from 51 Canal to East Broadway several months ago (thanks to a rent hike). As the awning suggests, Perfect Taste features “healthy […]

CNBC’s ‘American Greed’ Focuses on Ex-Con Landlord Steve Croman

Ex-con Steve Croman is now the subject of a television hit piece by CNBC as part of its American Greed series. The second half of the program is dedicated to the notorious landlord in a segment appropriately called “Lousy Landlord.” You’ll recall that Croman completed his “white collar” sentence on June 1, having served eight months […]