According to Vincent, a man named Lonnie is reopening the arcade. They’ve even got a photo of the workers setting up games.
The news would be well received by New York’s gaming community, some of whom were quite upset last year when Chinatown Fair closed after three decades of operation.
So this morning I walked down to Chinatown to check it out. The arcade certainly looks closed. It’s barred with a metal shutter that is covered with graffiti scrawls and internet memes (as you can see in the photo above). The door next to the shutter is locked. Nobody answered when I rang the doorbell.
I didn’t see any signs of construction or other indications that the legendary arcade might be reopening at some point soon. Maybe they’re all behind the shutter.