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Nerdvana: The 7 Best Nerdy Hotspots in Manhattan
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Nerdvana: The 7 Best Nerdy Hotspots in Manhattan

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Updated: 12 December 2015
Geek culture has been around since the late 20th century. With the rise of arcade machines, comic books, and video games, geek culture has brought everyone together to share their common interests. Whether you study robotics or just enjoy playing video games with your buds, geek culture caters to anyone that embraces it. Here are some of the many nerdy hotspots that you can find during your travels in Manhattan.
Barcade | © Guy Dickinson/Flickr
Barcade | © Guy Dickinson/Flickr
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Barcade

Take the enjoyment of playing arcade machines with your friends and the social aspects of drinking, and you will get one hell of an experience. Barcade caters to retro and modern gamers alike with their wide variety of arcade machines. From Centipede to Virtua Fighter, Barcade’s selection is astonishing. If you feel like trying to beat the house’s top scorer, you will earn yourself a place on their website where your name and initials will be displayed for all to witness.

Barcade, 148 W 24th St New York, NY, USA, +1 212 390 8455

Midtown Comics | © Jim.henderson/Wikimedia Commons
Midtown Comics | © Jim.henderson/Wikimedia Commons

Midtown Comics

One of the classic geeky New York hotspots to check out is definitely Midtown Comics. Midtown Comics houses the best selection of comics, statues, figures, and graphic novels in all the five boroughs. Midtown Comics is a great place to talk to comic fans as well as their creators. On their website and social media pages, they announce upcoming special events, ranging from comic book signings to Batman parties. Midtown Comics is also a great place to search for your annual New York Comic Con day passes, which are usually available late July to early August. If you ever feel like taking a break from the hustle and bustle and want to kick back and read a few comics, Midtown Comics is your home away from home.

Midtown Comics Grand Central, 459 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 302 8192

Midtown Comics Time Square, 200 W 40th St New York, NY, USA 10018 +1 212 302 8192

Nintendo World | © Jamal Fanaian/Flickr
Nintendo World | © Jamal Fanaian/Flickr

Growing up, most Nintendo fans always wanted a place to hang out and talk Nintendo. Established from the former Pokémon Center of New York, Nintendo World takes back its rightful place in the Big Apple. Nintendo World is a one-stop shop to find the latest Nintendo games, apparel, plushes, and amiibos. Special events occur during the hottest game releases and special guest appearances from the creators themselves are always on the list to appear. Nintendo World is a great place to bring the kids or to relive your youth. It is always a perfect day to be a Nintendo fan when you head over to Nintendo World.

Nintendo World, Rockefeller Center, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 459 0800

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BOOKOFF USA

BOOKOFF USA is one best-kept secrets New York has to offer, bringing together the culture of Japan and the entertainment of the USA. With a wide variety of entertainment formats to choose from, BOOKOFF USA has got you covered. The top floor brings native-born Japanese in due to their wide selection of Japanese literature to choose from. The main floor hosts a large selection of rare retro games and movies, as well as used collectible figures, consoles and much more for a reasonable price. On the basement level you can find the latest releases of manga and music imported straight from Japan. If you ever find yourself hankering for a different setting, go ahead and check out BOOKOFF USA.

BOOKOFF USA, 49 W 45th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 685 1410

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Kinokuniya | © paranoidnotandroid/Flickr

Kinokuniya is one of the strongest Japanese-influenced stores in New York City, hosting a large variety of imports from Japan, ranging from literature to collectibles to edibles. With two large floors that are bright and colorful, the culture lover inside you will be thrilled. With a small Japanese café that serves unique Japanese blended coffee and teas to snacks, Kinokuniya brings a taste of Japanese culture to the great city. Figure collectors should make this place their one stop shop due to its large influx of imports and weekly arrivals. Kinokuniya is an ideal place to visit if you are ever around the theater district, but make sure you have room for some Japanese sweets.

Kinokuniya, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 869 1700

Imagine an art gallery that consists of toys, films, canvases, and vinyl collectibles mixed with a toy store. The product would be Toy Tokyo. Toy Tokyo prides itself in selling the latest collectibles from Asia and is host to a variety of works by indie and nerdy artists. Toy Tokyo is separated into two sections, one for retail and the other for art. Toy Tokyo is a great place to check out if you are on the look out for the latest vinyl figures, but also if you ever were interested in modern graphic arts. They also boast one of the most unique showrooms this city has to offer.

Toy Tokyo, 91 2nd Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 673 5424

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a geeky museum that dedicates itself to preserving geek culture and history. With a wide variety of comics and cartoon art to witness, MoCCA delivers you a joyous experience. With collection that ranges from anime, manga, American comics, gag cartons, comic strips, graphic novels, and so much more, MoCCA brings together a large selection of nerdy tributes for all to witness. The curators are extremely knowledgeable about all the works and are eager to find any piece that you have been hungering to see. The MoCCA is a great spot to bring people of all ages and will certainly entertain all those who love geek art.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 838 2560