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WELCOME TO THE BOWELS OF 42ND STREET.
It's 1983. Charles Rubinstein has run the penny arcade at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street since 1939. “This is the dumping grounds of 42nd Street. But I’m not a-scared of any individuals that tries to threaten me. You have to use that nightstick, and I say let ’em use it.”
Charles with Gypsy grandma fortune teller. “That machine is with me since 1920. It’s not makin’ any money, but I’m not givin’ it up.”
Cops were rendered helpless outside the entrance to Charlie’s arcade.
More ammo to shoot the bobbing plastic bears in 1953
Charles Rubenstein in his penny arcade office, above the subway at 42nd St. & 8th Avenue.