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A Eulogy to the Chinatown Fair Arcade Arrives Via Kickstarter

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Begun in the 1940s as a penny arcade and museum of oddities, the Chinatown Fair Arcade was one of the last great haunts for coin-operated machines and their all-night jockeys.

It played host to an eclectic crowd of gamers, dancers, freaks and thugs, all joined by a common love of great arcade action, the kind of physical, sweat-inducing play that is hard to find on a console.

The location shut down suddenly in February after the owner received an eviction notice. Kurt Vincent, a independent filmmaker from Brooklyn, captured the last, emotional night, as players from across the five boroughs flocked for a final taste. Read More