When Steve Zahler determined a couple of weeks in the past to completely shut Fashionable Pinball, the arcade in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood that he had owned and run for nearly the past seven years, it appeared like one other woeful story of a enterprise that failed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However this story has a twist: Fashionable Pinball has discovered a second life, with lots of its 25-plus machines now housed within the basements, residing rooms and different spare areas of its most loyal clients.
Mr. Zahler determined to promote the video games, priced anyplace from $1,000 to $10,000, to those that knew them greatest. It was partly a enterprise determination, nevertheless it was additionally about one thing bigger—a quest, if you’ll, to maintain the silver ball in play.
“I knew how a lot this place meant to individuals,” stated Mr. Zahler, a 51-year-old pinball ace who has ranked as excessive as 19th within the world rankings. (Sure, there are world pinball rankings, primarily based on participant efficiency in numerous aggressive occasions.)
However don’t take Mr. Zahler’s phrase for it. The gamers themselves will let you know.