Oct 21, 2019

The Dark Side Of 80's Arcades

The Game Room
East Harlem, NY
Photo by Oscar Vargas (1985)
This photo was published in the award winning Philippe Bourgois work: In Search of Respect - Selling Crack in El Barrio.  It's a fascinating study of an arcade in East Harlem which was a front for a crackhouse, including first hand accounts from the proprietors.  Apparently, the inside of the locked arcade cabinets were great for hiding drugs.