The past week or so has been a confusing time for Chinatown Fair goers. The different managers have been spreading different messages, and the more popular players have been intervening and mixing up the information even further. Yesterday, I decided to visit Chinatown Fair with my friends to play some games and to see if I could get the real story, and it wasn't pretty. (Please bear with the crappy phone-camera quality)
So after a day or two of panicking, there have been new developments in the Chinatown Fair story. Valentino Ventura, a manager at the arcade, has said that the staff are just renegotiating the lease with their landlord. It seems like, right now, the general idea is that if they don't get their lease back, or if the rent is raised, they will be moving to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here's what Ventura had to say about the situation, and about fellow manager Henry Cen:
"apparently Henry has to much time on his hands. its not cool to spread unsubstantial information. folks, its all rumor perpetuated by a hater who wants to see a successful, bustling business fail. The truth is, that cf maybe relocating to Williamsburg, Brooklyn if disputes with the landlord r not settled. CF IS NOT CLOSING. Sam, Benny and myself genuinely love our customers (including the smelly ones) and this business. SPREAD THE WORD, FOLKS."
So right now, it all just seems like a bunch of drama between staff members, and confusion on everyone's part. Let's hope that the drama doesn't effect our ability to enjoy a good arcade in NYC.
UPDATE: Unfortunately Chinatown Fair has finally closed its doors. Where and when it will reopen remains unknown.