My first stop was at Reciprocal Skate Shop on the Lower East Side (402 E. 11th St. - by the corner of 1st Ave). Jon discovered this place over Thanksgiving break and it was everything he said it would be. The proprietor, John, is a super pinball fanatic, and he's got four machines crammed into his tiny storefront (when I was there it was The Getaway, Creature From the Black Lagoon, World Cup Soccer and Dr. Who). He said he had another 15 or so machines in his apartment and in another space and he often swaps them out. He was super friendly and loved talking pinball. This shop is just a short walk from the 1st Ave stop on the L train, or from Union Square. Swing by next time you are in New York!
That night, me and my buddy Gabe wandered around Brooklyn playing pinball. Our first stop was Enid's, but alas, their Addam's Family was out of order! Next we hit Muggs which had the new Iron Man pinball machine, which was actually pretty fun. After a few games Gabe and I both got replays, which I soon found out would be a THEME for me on this trip... That night we ended up at the Satellite Lounge, which is easily the best pinball bar in Brooklyn, with 6 or 7 machines. I staggered in drunk and instantly had the best game of Monster Bash I've ever had, easily passing the replay score. At that point, I decided to start taking photos of every machine I got a replay on: