One of the longest-standing, independently owned video game stores in NYC, VideoGamesNewYork sells everything from the latest XBOX One S console to custom joystick kits, and a rare Mario Paint cartridge you never thought you’d see outside of Japan. Formerly Saint Marks Games, this isn’t just a place to pick up international bestsellers or even rare imports. Instead, everything here is priced according to condition (factory sealed or used, for example), and video game fanatics should come just to chat with the die-hard staff about aftermarket Game Boy modifications or the history of video games, dating back to the soundless, 1972 battery-operated Magnavox Odyssey.
Fittingly secured inside a renovated funeral home, this East Village shop of peculiarities and vintage finds was forced to move abruptly in 2012 from a spot a few blocks away. But a cult following (it’s been featured on both the Science and Discovery channels) has helped this peculiar Alphabet City shop prosper. You’ll probably come here to ogle the taxidermy animal heads and jarred medical specimens. But if you’re ever in need of a paper mache anatomical model or antique medicine bottles filled with who-knows-what (it could happen!), this celebrated New York original deserves your patronage.