Balls of steel at Modern Pinball NYC!


Every time I walk into Modern Pinball this famous song sung by The Who pops into my head –

Ever since I was a young boy,
I’ve played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all.
But I ain’t seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall…
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball !

He stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean.
He plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall.
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pin ball !

He’s a pin ball wizard
There has got to be a twist.
A pin ball wizard,
S’got such a supple wrist.

How do you think he does it? I don’t know!
What makes him so good?

Modern Pinball is a pinball lovers paradise! So many great machines here!

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Shiny, clean, and new this place features around 30 machines of all types. Super well maintained, and a variety from the newest to retro vintage machines. I love playing the oldies like KISS pinball but also enjoy the newer Simpsons, Wizard of Oz, Transformers, and others on hand. It’s just all about pinball. No food, drinks, or gimmicks. Just a nice spot to get your inner nerd on and play. I feel like a kid again playing for hours at my local pizza joint.


Prices are a steal for what you get. When I was here recently it was $12 for an hour of unlimited play and I was easily able to check out a bunch of machines. A full day of unlimited play for $29 is a mind blowing deal! You get a wrist band so you can come and go as you please. Since it’s a few blocks from my office I know I will be sneaking away there for lunch hour and then after work.

1620041_10203250021239713_1422069333_nAlso, the few times I have been here it has not been overly crowded, and easy to try out different machines. The owners are good guys who are really into pinball and love what they do. I was told different machines will be rotated in depending on availability and space. Plus, this is a great spot for parties – kid’s birthdays, fundraisers, team building, private events – and they offer different packages for each.

This location is also a showroom and all the machines are for sale. I inquired about the KISS machine and was told it was going for around $8,000! Uh, too rich for my wallet. I’ll stick with hourly play for now. Maybe when I hit big on the lottery I’ll splurge!

Can’t wait to go back and slap that ball off the bumpers! TILT!



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27 thoughts on “Balls of steel at Modern Pinball NYC!”

  1. When I was a kid in Texas back in the 60s, pinball cost a nickel a game or 5 for a quarter.

    The point meters had only 5 digits. If you could “turn it over” back to all zeroes, you quickly became a Neighborhood Legend. I was a Neighborhood Legend. Sometimes.

    Thanks for bringing back some great memories, Phil!

    1. Hey Fearless!

      You are truly a legend in your own mind! 🙂

      Actually, here in NY pinball was outlawed until the mid 1970’s as it was considered gambling and part of organized crime. Now that’s a dumbass rule!

  2. Nice Post. This place looks fantastic, like so much fun! I like the birthday party idea too, my Grandson would love this place (as would my kids, and probably everyone I ever went on the Jersey Boardwalk with in high school!) Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love that “unlimited play” concept as I need a couple of games to warm up to get in the zone. Pinball machines might be some of the best entertainment ever made (before the SNES)!

    1. Hey Mitzie!

      I just saw an off on Living Social for an even better discount on unlimited play that I am going to get! I’ll be there for hours, go eat, and come back!

  4. Oh man, I used to love to play pinball. I love all the sounds the machines make and the flashing lights, especially when you hit those bonus spots! Shazam!!

    Looks like a fun place. A great way to re-live youth.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Hey Patricia,

      That is part of the fun – all the lights a sounds and multiballs! Even though I also like the new video games out there pinball has it’s own simpler charm.

  5. Love pinball machines (and the song). When my boys were little, the woman who cut their hair had pinball machines. Any time I said it was time to get haircuts, the boys would run to the car, they couldn’t wait. I guess you just never outgrow them, so much fun. I think you should put that KISS one on your birthday wish list. Think you’ll get it?

    1. Hey Karen!

      I think that KISS machine will have to stay there as there is no way I’m getting that! I’ll have to visit it once in a while.

      If my old barber had them I would be getting a buzz every weekend!

    1. Hey Kim!

      Never played? Wow – go get some quarters and hit those flippers. It is a game of skill but once you find machines you like you’ll get hooked.

  6. Yep! This would be something for the boys Phil and even my pre-teenager would appreciate it but we don’t have something like this in Germany. You might find this type of arcade in Poland though!

    Just this evening, I was talking about my son’s birthday. He’s going to be 12 in a few weeks. 😉 I mentioned the idea of go-karting but according to him he’s too cool for the like because, “go-karting is for adults who want to act like kids!”

    1. Hey Victoria!

      Funny how you can find it in Poland but not Germany. I would love to go go-karting but what do I know? I’m just an adult who actually does still act like a kid!

      1. Oh, we definately have go-karts in Germany Phil but it’s generally taken over by fathers and young men. Exactly what my son said. In Poland, the men are equally interested but leave it to the kids. At least, in public they do!

  7. You find the most interesting things to do. I’m pretty sure you can’t live anywhere but NYC or you’d run out! I suppose you could hop from place to place though….

  8. Ha! I almost cringe at this post. Nothing personal…it’s just that when I first started dating my (now) husband, I spent endless (endless!) hours in arcades, standing behind him, watching and waiting.

    Love the song though! 🙂

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