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RIP modern NYC


By CrazyLevi

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    Another one bites the dust. That’s several this week.

    Sorry to hear it the place was a fixture and proved me wrong I didn’t think they’d last a year but they figured out a way to make it work.

    #2 3 months ago

    Sad news. Sorry to hear another location closing.

    LTG : (

    #3 3 months ago

    That sucks.
    I normally do a trade show in NYC every January and hit that place up once or twice a trip in the evening after I get done with the show.
    Sign of the time I suppose, but sucks none the less.

    #4 3 months ago

    That sucks. Thoughts are with the staff and customers. It's a tough time right now, that's for sure. I always thought this place was cool and just recommended it to a buddy heading up to NYC for school. Bummer.

    #5 3 months ago

    Wow.. so many arcades and small businesses in general are closing. Unfortunately this is just the start of the small business downturn due to this horrible year so far. So sad and I hope something changes or can be done very soon to save the ones left.

    #6 3 months ago

    Heard the bad news ... really enjoyed that place , it re-ignited my love for pinball .
    Sad day for NYC pinball .

    #7 3 months ago

    Picked up this shirt a couple years ago.
    Sigh

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    #8 3 months ago

    I searched out Modern Pinball through learning about it on Pinside when visiting there in 2016.
    Well maintained machines and a great variety.
    Sorry to hear that news.

    Hope Sunshine is copping ok.
    Visited that one too.

    #9 3 months ago

    Modern Pinball NYC website says temporary... is it otherwise?

    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from PinFun:

    Modern Pinball NYC website says temporary... is it otherwise?

    Pins are all for sale according to a post I saw on FB

    #11 3 months ago

    That is really unfortunate, I hope we can get this behind us. Really starting to get concerned about how the pinball manufacturers are going to survive long term if things do not correct themselves in the near future. I wish the proprietors of Modern the best of luck with their future endeavors.

    #12 3 months ago

    We just lost 2 major locations in Mass too - 1 inner city place with pristine newer games - 1 in Turner falls with great conditioned "all generations" titles.
    This beyond blows.

    More private collectors....

    #13 3 months ago

    I wasn’t aware Turners Fall closed. Just saw the post for Flattop Johnnys. Both were on the list to visit. It really Is a shame.

    #14 3 months ago

    Bummer, I always really liked going there any time I was in the city. Great spot. I used to go in and absolutely obsess over Funhouse for hours until the wee hours of the morning. Actually the last place I played on location before lockdown!

    Yes, Mystic closed in Turners Falls too, which is so so so so so sad to me. Mystic had one of the most impressively curated selection of games, all in unbelievably good shape.

    #15 3 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Another one bites the dust. That’s several this week.
    Sorry to hear it the place was a fixture and proved me wrong I didn’t think they’d last a year but they figured out a way to make it work.

    In Memoriam..

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    #16 3 months ago
    Quoted from Nhpolarbear:

    I wasn’t aware Turners Fall closed. Just saw the post for Flattop Johnnys. Both were on the list to visit. It really Is a shame.

    Man that sucks!

    Flattop Johnny's, VS, and Roxy's kept me going for my 6 months in Boston this past fall/winter

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    #17 3 months ago

    Not sure How I feel about Modern Pinball but for Pinball on location in general its sad. Here is a

    Blast from the past

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/what-failed-today-modern-pinball-machine-fails

    #18 3 months ago

    Sad and tough times. Very little consideration given to the voices of small businesses this year.

    Won’t having choices in the future be fun?

    #19 3 months ago

    It’s sad how much this experiment is costing us all...

    #20 3 months ago

    RE: small businesses
    To quote a recent, former President...”we are going to oversee the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of human civilization”

    #21 3 months ago
    Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

    It’s sad how much this experiment is costing us all...

    If by experiment you mean "letting a global pandemic ravage the country without doing a damned thing to actually help or protect people, just to see what happens" yea it is sad.

    #22 3 months ago

    I doubt I'll be back in NYC until a vaccine is available. And it sucks, but there isn't anything I can do about it. That's just the reality of my life now. It is a massive bummer that I won't be able to go back to Modern when I do get back there. I enjoyed playing there because they always did a decent job of keeping the machines in playable condition (a tough thing to do with machines that gets so much play).

    This is going to happen a LOT over the next 6 months. Businesses that depend on customers walking in the door will be getting hammered. I used to just zip down to NYC for a couple nights. Hotel, travel, meals, tips, cabs, entertainment, shows. I never added up all the costs, but it was quite a bit of money going into the economy. That just isn't there now.

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    #23 3 months ago
    Quoted from radial_head:

    If by experiment you mean "letting a global pandemic ravage the country without doing a damned thing to actually help or protect people, just to see what happens" yea it is sad.

    Ya, they lost me at “bats from a wuhan meat market”

    All I know is my dum dum friends who lost their fast food jobs are now making double from unemployment

    And my smart smart friends who own businesses are losing it all

    Very sad indeed

    #24 3 months ago

    Noooooo ! I never completed my Modern Pinball punch card !

    #25 3 months ago

    The what failed today thread was awesome. RIP.

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    #26 3 months ago

    This virus has completely destroyed many of the small businesses across the country, add the businesses that were burned, looted, or just vandalized and it is sad indeed.

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    #27 3 months ago
    Quoted from RWH:

    This virus has completely destroyed many of the small businesses across the country, add the businesses that were burned, looted, or just vandalized and it is sad indeed.

    And as time goes by. The trend will continue. As money from the government runs out. Businesses running at less capacity. A lot of people just aren't going out for entertainment like they used to. A grim future coming up.

    Hard to imagine where we'll be at a year from now.

    LTG : (

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    #28 3 months ago
    Quoted from RWH:

    businesses that were burned, looted, or just vandalized

    It’s horrific!

    I read NYPD retirement filings have skyrocketed

    Soon we will all have to be our own po-po’s

    #29 3 months ago

    Modern wasn’t burned, looted, or vandalized.

    I’m not one to get bitchy about a thread I start but let’s keep it on topic please.

    #30 3 months ago
    Quoted from radial_head:

    If by experiment you mean "letting a global pandemic ravage the country without doing a damned thing to actually help or protect people, just to see what happens" yea it is sad.

    You blame whomever you're referring to. I'll blame the shutdowns and the media.

    #31 3 months ago

    Pretty sad to hear this! My Daughter and I were able to visit last October. I enjoyed the place!

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    #32 3 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Modern wasn’t burned, looted, or vandalized.
    I’m not one to get bitchy about a thread I start but let’s keep it on topic please.

    Ahem...you’ve derailed many a thread young man!

    #33 3 months ago

    When I think of all the people who had just started new businesses over the last couple years cause the economy was so good have now lost everything and in many cases literally everything it is enough to make you cry. Many will never recover and live on in poverty as a result.

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    #34 3 months ago
    Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

    Ahem...you’ve derailed many a thread young man!

    Fuck!!

    Ok fine. But any deep dive into why modern is RIP certainly casts light on the embarrassing national failure that is our virus response and denial. That’s the actual cause here, not Antifa.

    Damn just derailed my own thread!

    Anyway, it indeed sucks ass. They are selling everything and have two weeks to do it, so interested parties should reach out to modern ASAP. They are on Facebook promoting the sales. Lots of primo titles.

    #35 3 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Modern wasn’t burned, looted, or vandalized.

    I’m not one to get bitchy about a thread I start but let’s keep it on topic please.

    Sorry Levi not meant to derail I was just saying all those things have ended many businesses like Modern.

    #36 3 months ago

    always sorry to hear anyplace closing for any reason..how many years were they open?

    #37 3 months ago
    Quoted from belairjoe:

    always sorry to hear anyplace closing for any reason..how many years were they open?

    five or six years I believe? I was invited to participate early on when it was Al and Steve Epstein dreaming it up, and I didn't personally believe that this could be a successful venture with Midtown Manhattan rents. I was clearly wrong - that team, along with Steve Zahler and of course Eddie and Dahlia Cramer - were able to make the place a success and my hat goes off to all of them. It's a shame that team broke up for reasons documented elsewhere but they can all be proud of what they did. The place really raised pinball's profile in NYC and it certainly filtered down to me; I got lots of customers for pinball machines who had re-ignited or discovered pinball at Modern, and lots of NYC league and casual players came out of that place.

    #38 3 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Fuck!!
    Ok fine. But any deep dive into why modern is RIP certainly casts light on the embarrassing national failure that is our virus response and denial. That’s the actual cause here, not Antifa.
    Damn just derailed my own thread!
    Anyway, it indeed sucks ass. They are selling everything and have two weeks to do it, so interested parties should reach out to modern ASAP. They are on Facebook promoting the sales. Lots of primo title.

    It may help them out to copy and paste the price list here. Pinheads are nuts. If prices are fair they'll have no trouble.

    #39 3 months ago
    Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

    It may help them out to copy and paste the price list here. Pinheads are nuts. If prices are fair they'll have no trouble.

    Check Facebook for Modern / Steve Zahler if anybody wants more info on this sale. You can also contact Steve through the Modern website, as well as see the game list. There's not a price list as of yet I think he's dealing with people individually.

    https://www.modernpinballnyc.com/

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    #40 3 months ago

    My local pin/barcade is open. Masks are required. I’m going try and go at least once a week.

    #41 3 months ago

    Ugh, that's heartbreaking. That's who I got my Star Trek Pro from a few weeks back... I loved a Modern Pinball NYC, brought my kids there a few times for some great evenings...

    #42 3 months ago

    Literally wearing a shirt from that place right now. Very sad news...

    #44 3 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Modern wasn’t burned, looted, or vandalized.
    I’m not one to get bitchy about a thread I start but let’s keep it on topic please.

    Levi don’t like his feathers ruffled....

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    #45 3 months ago

    Back on topic everyone

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    #46 3 months ago

    Very sad to hear about this. tough environment for brick and mortar business. You still have to pay rent and utilities with no income, not many can survive very long like that.

    #47 3 months ago
    Quoted from Lermods:

    Very sad to hear about this. tough environment for brick and mortar business. You still have to pay rent and utilities with no income, not many can survive very long like that.

    Yes very sad, considering how great a business this must have been to make it one of the highest rent districts in the world, my hat is off to the owners and employees. With all the times , I have gone into the city over the last few years, I am also sorry to never have visited what must be a super place. I wish the owners and employees ( and Others all in similar circumstances) , the best going forward.

    #48 3 months ago
    Quoted from Kiwipinhead:

    Back on topic everyone
    [quoted image]

    I see what you did there.

    #49 3 months ago

    I was hoping I might be able to pick up one of the pins there, but most of the prices are all a little too rich for me to make the trip.

    I gotta say I love a good freeplay location. Really helps me learn on a game. Allows me to make mistakes. Figure shots out. I will miss Modern a lot.

    #50 3 months ago
    Quoted from Eddie:

    Not sure How I feel about Modern Pinball but for Pinball on location in general its sad. Here is a
    Blast from the past
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/what-failed-today-modern-pinball-machine-fails

    Thanks for posting this!! It let me take a trip through history and see how you managed to keep this Trek pin alive through some pretty crazy conditions... My thanks (for everything, really)!

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