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In Search of “The Lost Arcade”

The Chinatown Fair is an arcade that still operates on Mott Street, in lower Manhattan. It opened in 1944 with penny machines, crane games, and a chintzy museum. It featured Florence, the dancing chicken, later joined by Lillie, a tic-tac-toe-playing chicken who unwittingly bested many of her challengers (and who was chronicled in the magazine by Calvin Trillin). In the seventies, the fair had a ringside seat to the raging crime of the city, and made the transition to video games.
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