This weekend, Bowery Boogie passed on the sad news that the 60- or 70-year-old Chinatown Fair Arcade has shuttered, a month earlier than rumored. Robert Chin has photos of the goodbye sign and the miserably emptied interior:
As an homage, and a post-script to last week's post on the Chinatown Fair and its tic-tac-toe chickens, I offer a complete rundown of the rather substantial scene from the 1984 film Falling in Love, in which Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep visit the arcade and compete against the chicken. All of the scintillating dialogue has been transcribed for your enjoyment.
all screenshots from Falling in Love, 1984
De Niro: "I can't beat this guy."
Streep: "That's 'cause he cheats. Oh, okay. Bird wins. You lose."
De Niro: "I can't believe it."
Streep: "Try again."
De Niro: "See, it's unfair because he goes ahead."
Streep: "You should flip for it. See who goes first. He's saying hurry up."
De Niro: "Well, I gotta go again."
Streep: "He's beating you again."
De Niro: "Oh."
Streep: "Bird wins."