Grove Alley Game Nite creates vintage arcade vibe
August 27, 2013
“Wait, is the DJ playing the theme from Legend of Zelda right now?” someone in the crowd asks excitedly. “That is awesome.”
As people wandered throughout Grove Alley last Friday night, sitting down at game consoles and spreading board games across the ground, DJs Magick Report and Danny Glover blasted remixes of classic video game themes interspersed with electronic music. It was the perfect soundtrack for Grove Alley Game Nite, sponsored by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and organized by the Gowanus Nite Market that aimed to mimic the atmosphere of a vintage arcade.
At the far end of the packed alley was a living room-esque set up of chairs and televisions (provided by Film Biz Recycling) hooked up with NES, Sega, and Atari games. At the opposite end, a turf was laid down for sets of bocce ball and cornhole. With a crowd as diverse as the neighborhood itself, families and groups of friends from all ages waited to get a turn to play the forgotten games of childhood.
“I never really thought something like this would happen downtown, but it’s so perfect now that it is,” said Michelle Betters, a college student in the area. “It’s just exactly what Brooklyn is about.”
And from the newly painted street mural that spans one of the walls of Grove Alley, to the line of food trucks on Hanover Place, it’s easy to see what Betters meant - the event a successful follow-up to the first Grove Alley Nite Market and part of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s long-term goal of demonstrating the commercial potential of the alley to property owners and businesses.
Once the sun began to set, Game Nite didn’t lose any steam. Instead, giant projections of video games played against the gritty alley walls, allowing the whole crowd to participate.
“I wish there was one of these every month,” Betters said. “I’d go. Well, I’d go pretty much anywhere CoolHaus is.”