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Old 01-26-2011, 03:42 AM
 
Location: CAPITAL CENTRE
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What year did the PLAYLAND video game arcade in Times Square close?

This footage is amazing. It is just like being inside there all over again.
(Footage starts at 1:15)

Sadly I probably only went in there a handful of times and did not even notice when it closed.

Unfortunately during the mid 1990s I started getting more and more into the home game consoles such as the Playstation which meant less of my time was being spent in arcades.

I miss the arcades because most of the games on the home game consoles of today are just too damn long.

For me video games were all about being entertained for just a few minutes and then moving on to the next game.
Now the games can go on for hours, weeks, months and even years.

I also miss the human interaction at the arcades.
You cannot get that through online gaming.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Pelham Parkway
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ahhh 42nd street. When I was a kid we used to cut HS and go to the arcade.
MAn, the breakdancers, the fried chicken, the chicken playing tic tac toe! (although now as an adult I realize how cruel that was) - the colorful hobos, the hilarious XXX marquees, good times, good times - Hard to beleive Disney owns that place now - Im not for the crime/drugs/poverty that infested the area - but it has def lost any appeal/New York-ness now - it looks ridiculous. And I also eshew tourist enclaves at all cost.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:49 AM
 
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For the longest time my mother would not allow for me to go in the arcade.

So as soon as I was old enough to go out exploring on my own that was the first place I went.

I remember people telling me about crazy things that used to take place in there but I do not know if they were true or not.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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Default where was Playland?

in the arcade at 42 and 8th or on 7th Avenue near 42 street?
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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That arcade was still there when I first went to Times Square in 1998, well into its "Disneyfication" process. I don't think it closed until 2001 or 2002.
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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That arcade was still there when I first went to Times Square in 1998, well into its "Disneyfication" process. I don't think it closed until 2001 or 2002.
It was still there in 1998?
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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in the arcade at 42 and 8th or on 7th Avenue near 42 street?
Are you talking about the arcade that was next to the Yankees store?

The one I am talking about was on 7th Avenue.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:59 PM
 
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Default I vaguely

recall a Playland on 7th Avenue near 42 street because i walked on 7th more than I ever did on 42 street

back in the mid 80's a friend of mine went into a place to look into getting a bogus ID I think it was right next to Playland
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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More recently there was an arcade next to the Yankees store on 42nd street but the last time I passed by there it had been turned into a restaurant.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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Playland was next to the Roxy Deli around 47th street. Must of closed some time around late 90's from what I remember because the other bigger fancier arcades started springing up.
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