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.

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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.

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

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

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