Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Vintage video shop 8 Bit and Up is closing in the East Village

Photo by Stacie Joy 

If you've been by 86 E. Third St. recently, you've likely seen the store-for-rent sign outside here between First Avenue and Second Avenue. 

Shop ownership has confirmed that the retail business is closing later this month after 15 years. 

Per a message on its website
I am sad to inform you that 8 Bit And Up Video Games will be closing its retail doors on Sept. 23rd, 2023. After more than 15 years, it's time to retire! I want to thank everybody who has supported us all these years.
The shop, a fantastic time capsule for video games of the 1980s and 1990s, will have a presence on eBay. 

You can watch a short video about 8 Bit Up from 2011 — back when it was on the second floor of St. Mark's Place at Second Avenue.


Anonymous said...

ugh too bad.

new 8 bit diner thing on 2nd ave is not as cool

Anonymous said...

I still love vintage video games... but I don't spend money on them. I play them via console emulators on the computer. I wonder how that factors into this market.

Anonymous said...

I will miss my downstairs neighbors. I’m not a gamer myself but they are super chill people and their customers too. Maybe the “psychic” that occupied the space before them will return!

yunglsd said...

damn, loved hanging out with bones here, will be missed

Anonymous said...

dont give up hope! the phoenix always rises from the ashes