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With New York Comic-Con fast approaching on October 5th, nerds from all over the galaxy will be flocking to the city in waves to partake in one the most massive conventions in the United States. Attendance for the event reaches around 150,000 people each year, but New York City itself offers a wide variety of geeky things to do on a daily basis.

Here are the top 10 ways to celebrate New York Comic-Con in New York City:

10. Manhattan Barcade

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Barcade is the perfect spot to socialize, game and wind down in or out of cosplay. The bar features dozens of retro games like Bust-A-Move and Mortal Kombat II that are hard to find to in the current climate of World of Warcraft and Minecraft.

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The original Barcade was established in a former metal shop on Union Avenue in Williamsburg. Today, a chain of outposts can be found in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The other two New York City barcades are located on West 24th Street in Chelsea and in St. Mark’s Place in The East Village.

If you’re looking for a blast from the past — with the included bonus of a bar — the Barcade is the place to go after you’ve visited all of the panels and gotten in as many photo ops you can. The bar will be closed Thursday night of Comic-Con and from 5:30-9:00 p.m. that Sunday, but it’s open to the public with normal hours for the rest of the dates.

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