Friday, March 22, 2024

Remembering Bowling Alleys of the Past


So far nobody has told me they saw me on NY1 news when I was interviewed about the closure of Whitestone Lanes.  I announced it on Facebook, Twitter, and in this journal, but I didn't want to "toot my horn" about it any further.  When Pat Kiernan introduced the story he stated that in the last 12 years about 700 bowling alleys in the country closed.  I scratched my head and thought of some in Queens that are gone:

  • Hollywood Lanes in Rego Park on Queens Blvd. I think this was where I bowled for the first time.
  • Woodhaven Lanes in Forest Hills on Woodhaven Blvd.
  • Tri-bowl on 63rd Drive in Rego Park across the street from P.S, 139. I think it had only 12 lanes
  • Sterling Lanes in New Hyde Park
  • Cross Bay Lanes in Howard Beach
Back in the early 1970s I dated some girls in Brooklyn.  Bowling was an inexpensive date.  Two bowling alleys that are still there:
  • Gil Hodges Lanes
  • Mill Basin Lanes - this is where Mike popped the question to Heidi

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