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  1. Stephen

     /  October 5, 2009

    Woodhaven Lanes in Glendale is also gone now

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    • Robert Porter

       /  January 26, 2011

      Here’s a few more lanes that are no that I grew up with:
      QUEENS
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      St. Albans Bowl (Dunkirk Ave)
      Hollis Lanes (Jamaica Av/207th St)
      Cardinal Lanes (Jamaica Av/Francis Lewis Blvd)
      Jamaica Rec (165th Street/Liberty Avenu)
      United Rec (Hillside Av/168th St)
      Hollywood Lanes (Queens Blvd/67th Av)
      Bellerose Lanes (Jamaica Av/251st Street)
      Van Wyck Lanes (Metropolitan Av/Jamaica Av)
      Jamaica Arena (Archer Avenue)

      BROOKLYN
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      Rainbow Lanes (Knapp St)
      Seaview Lanes (Flatlands Av/Louisiana Av)
      Parkside Lanes

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      • Eric

         /  August 6, 2011

        My dad was at Cardinal so much, the number is burned into my memory. SP6-9400!!

      • William Lyons

         /  October 6, 2011

        Where is Leader lanes on Coney Island Ave Brooklyn. Right off 18th avenue, spent half my life there.

      • Dana Hawkins

         /  February 4, 2014

        Every time the big lebowski is on i get sad but then i laugh. Bowling was serious fun.
        Hollis lanes is a charter school.
        Cardinal lanes is popyes/liquor/subway sandwich combo
        United Rec aka Brinson lanes has been everything from a juice bar, jamaican beef patty joint…
        Bellrose lanes is a Staples/CVS combo
        Van wyck is a walgreens/planet fitness
        Crossbay is a golds gym
        What was the name of that rinky dink one off 164 st in flushing? Flushing Christian elementary on oak used to walk there for gym when we werent playing dodgeball or softball at kissena pk. Poor kids today dont have to move their bodies to have fun. They can easily opt out for physical fun. They cant even keep score manually. Why would you want to do that they ask. Math baby. Sad

      • Tammy Beck

         /  May 1, 2016

        my mom worked at parkside lanes in brooklyn ny back in the sixties. her name was sandy beck.

  2. Fishken

     /  December 30, 2009

    Crossbay lanes is gone, too

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  3. sheri

     /  January 5, 2010

    What about Hewlett Lanes that was on Peninsula Blvd. The parking was underneath the bowling alley. It is a now a bank next to American Cleaners

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  4. sheri

     /  January 5, 2010

    There is also Green Acres bowl.

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  5. Larry Lustig

     /  January 6, 2010

    As a kid, I remember having my birthday party at FALCARO’S on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.

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  6. Andy Solomon

     /  January 15, 2010

    What about Bowl A Way on the service road of the LIE in Corona. It had 2 levels and I believe 72 lanes. It later became the annex of Newtown HS.

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    • Ronna Paul Gruskin

       /  March 13, 2010

      OMG, I lived across the street from it when the built new attached houses and used to hang out on the side of the bldg. My first husband used to put the pins up by hand.

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  7. DB Edwards

     /  January 29, 2010

    Let’s all stop surfing the web and get some exercise. GO BOWLING. It’s fun and healthy.

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  8. Rose LoBianco Murphy

     /  February 2, 2010

    One more Bowling Alley. As they were called back then, not “bowling lanes”.
    We owned The Trio Bar & Grill in Oyster Bay with 4 bowling allies in rear. It was an histoical site. Andy Verapappa, one of the greatest bowlers of the time bowled there in tournments in the 30s. It was demolished and is now a gas station. How sad. No automated pin setting either. We all took turns setting pins. What an experience.

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  9. Rosemarie

     /  February 12, 2010

    There was a Bowling Alley in Maspeth, Queens. Now, there’s a StopnShop in its place.

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  10. j monaco

     /  February 24, 2010

    Triangle bowling alleys underneath the Triangle ballroom in queens ,ny across from from Jahns ice cream parlor

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  11. Chris Liotta

     /  February 5, 2011

    so many to add to the list….Plandome Lanes….Great Neck Bowl….Woodbury Bowl…..Franklin Bowl in Franklin Square…Floral Park Bowl….Elmont Bowlaire…..Valley Stream Recreation….Olympic Bowl in Bayside…..Rosedale Lanes (later called County Line Lanes)….not to be confused with County Line Lanes in Farmingdale….. Falcaros Amityville…. Meroke Lanes in Merrick….Bellmore Bowl (all 6 lanes of it in the rear of a bar)

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  12. And don’t forget Northern Lanes on 75th St in Jackson Heights. Quite an institution. And, sometimes, we even bowled!

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    • Terminal Lanes…in the basement of the Hempstead Bus Terminal ….Hempstead Lanes ( 7 lanes behind a bar on Front Street, which I believe was once owned by Andy Varipappa….Kusky’s Glen Cove… Bowlorama at Roosevelt Field.

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  13. lou g.

     /  June 11, 2013

    how about gorgini’s bowling alley in amityville on merrick road

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  14. john

     /  July 16, 2013

    what about Bridge Lanes in Whitestone off of Clintonville

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  15. Maple Lanes in Brooklyn, The house that Johnny Petraglia grew up in was sold and will be closing soon.

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  16. tommy

     /  July 27, 2013

    Franklin bowl franklin square ny
    Green achers bowl valley stream ny
    Tulip bowl floral park ny
    Bridge lanes whitestone ny
    Woodhaven lanes woodhaven queens
    Royal lanes west hempstead

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  17. Stu Mark

     /  November 21, 2013

    Acme Bowling Casino was at 136 Northern Blvd. 16 lanes, the bar was the Sportsmen’s Lounge. Big challenge was to name a sport not displayed somewhere in the bar.

    Owners were Vic Maroni, Jack Kuhn, and Herman Traytsman.

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    • Vic Rodriguez

       /  June 25, 2014

      Hi Stu. Vic Maroni is my grandfather. He’s 93 and living in Bayville.

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      • frank podstupka

         /  October 14, 2016

        Hi Vic I worked at Acme during my teenage years when Vic, Jack & Herman owned it. It was my “home house”. Are any of them still alive. Would love to contact them. If you know how, please leave reply for me.

      • frank podstupka

         /  October 15, 2016

        Hi Vic
        Am Frank Podstupka. Worked for your grandpa back in ’50’s & ’60’s. Is he still alive? Would like to contact him or Jack and Herman. Leave reply if you would.

        Thanks

        Frank

  18. Pete

     /  December 1, 2013

    I remember a bowling alley in Port Jefferson Station called the “10 pin it was a small bowling alley in the basement of a “gin mill” on main street….

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  19. ANY PICTURES of the Franklin Lanes in Franklin Square , NY?? My uncle Phil DeMasco owned it
    Find me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.baranda

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  20. ian

     /  December 28, 2013

    There were 3 in my area…now they are all gone:county line bowl (2 floors of bowling) in farmingdale ny, falcaro’s in amityville, ny, and 300 bowl in massapequa ny

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  21. How about the bowling alley in College Point, owned by Fred Mazzarello, College Lanes is what i think it was called.

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  22. William Lyons

     /  January 12, 2014

    Three of the best action houses of the 60’s are gone Avenue M and Leader Lanes in Brooklyn and Central Lanes that burnt down.

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  23. san

     /  January 19, 2014

    been looking for a picture of cardinal lanes. Anybody have one?

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  24. chris

     /  January 27, 2014

    I believe Cardinal Lanes was on Jamaica Avenue, I guess the town would be considered Queens Village or possibly Jamaica…. it was right at the intersection of Francis Lewis Blvd and Jamaica Avenue

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    • arthur clements

       /  February 7, 2016

      Cardinal was at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard . It was in Hollis . Trust me on this , I bowled and worked there for 25 years until the place closed .

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  25. Dovid Fraiman

     /  February 9, 2014
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  26. Don Hetman

     /  March 13, 2014

    There was a bowling alley on Metropolitan Ave., just west of Woodhaven Blvd. called ” Metro-Forest Lanes “. It had 24 lanes, with steel pillars in the middle of the approaches, between some lanes, and overground ball returns.
    I believe the building was bought by the telephone co.
    There was also a bowling alley on Myrtle and Cooper Ave. in Glendale, Queens. It was a bar with 10 lanes downstairs.
    In this place, you could bowl regular pins or duck pins. I went there in the late ’60’s and bowled my 1 and only game of duck pins.
    One more. On the corner of Jamaica Ave. and 111 st, there was a bar called, ” Club 111 “, with 6 lanes downstairs. A real dive.

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    • I remember bowling with you – “Up your nose with a rubber hose” – I always remember to follow thru – even today – George & I are supposed to go bowling tomorrow!

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    • Christopher Slattery

       /  February 25, 2015

      My family owned the”10 alleys” in Glendale from 1992-2003..was a great little place for birthday parties..Also had an HBO movie shot there in 1998 that starred Susan Sarandon..(earthly possessions) .

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    • Tom

       /  July 13, 2016

      Metro lanes was owned by my dad, who also had a warehouse in the basement…wholesale grocery basement. Wish I had pictures before the building came down.

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  27. Tony M

     /  June 11, 2014

    There was Bethpage Bowl that burned down in 1970.

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  28. Lori Barra

     /  June 14, 2014

    Does anyone remember the name of the bowling alley on 5th avenue and 7th street in Brooklyn,NY in the 1960’s

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  29. Bill lyons

     /  June 15, 2014

    Was that Melody lanes

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  30. Stu Mark

     /  June 25, 2014

    Vic, I worked there when I was in high school, then they sent me to AMF’s course when they got the new pin setters in 1966. I worked there full time after I graduated from Bayside High until I went into the Air Force. Does Your grandfather know where a Frank Podstupka or Johnny Walsh ended up? Please send your contact info to me at stwomark@aim.com and I’ll fill you guys in on the rest of my story.

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    • frank podstupka

       /  October 14, 2016

      Hi Stu I’m Frank. Have been living in California since moving here in 1966. You must have worked with my dad until he had his heart attack in ’67. Will send you an email @ your listed email address. Would like to know what happened to Acme.

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  31. Jack Eagle

     /  July 7, 2014

    Mapleways lanes on Northern blvd. just east of 164th street Flushing, NY

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  32. Jack Eagle

     /  July 7, 2014

    Does anyone have pictures of Bridge Lanes in Whitestone, NY?

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  33. There was Victory Lanes on 32 nd Ave. in Bayside, NY

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  34. fred rosenthal

     /  July 11, 2014

    cameo lanes on Austin street-

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  35. THERE WAS LONG BEACH BOWL, OCEANSIDE LANES, ROCKVILLE BOWL in RVC

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  36. Dr. Charley Eichler

     /  August 24, 2014

    Enjoyed reading your blog and the comments.
    If you want some more Queens houses I bowled in that are gone:
    New Strand
    Glenwood
    Maspeth
    Astoria Rec.
    Broadway Bowl
    Ridgewood Lanes

    I was more of a Brooklyn person as I have lived whole life there:
    Lexmark
    Jamar
    Mill Basin
    Gil Hodges
    Fort Bowlerdrome
    Dyker
    Tournament
    Bay Ridge Lanes
    Fitzsimmons
    Bedford
    Diplomat
    Kenmore
    Park Circle
    Three Star
    Elwood
    Regina Pacis
    Fortway
    Louisiana
    Bowlarama
    Hamilton
    Colony
    Sid Gordon’s
    Ovington
    Strand
    Windsor
    Frankie & Johnny’s
    Nostrand
    Parkway
    Quentin
    Kingsway

    Only 8 USBC certified commercial centers left in Brooklyn & Queens a/o this posting!
    VERY DEPRESSING

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  37. Bill lyons

     /  August 28, 2014

    What not Leader lanes

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  38. Dr. Charley Eichler

     /  August 28, 2014

    Mr. Lyons – You mentioned Leader in your January comment. I remember it well as the home lanes for Midwood High School. I can add the lanes that were upstairs on the corner of 86 Street and 5th Avenue over the old Woolworth store which became Skytop Pool Hall when Leo Celano bought the space.

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  39. Don Hetman

     /  August 31, 2014

    One of the closed lanes that Dr. Eichler mentioned was Glenwood Bowl, located on Myrtle Ave. and Decatur St. in Ridgewood, Queens.
    The oddity about Glenwood was that it was the only bowling alley that I know of that had an odd number of lanes. Glenwood Bowl had ” 27 ” lanes.
    It had 14 lanes downstairs and 13 lanes upstairs. The last lane upstairs was lane 27. The A.M.F. ball return was on the right side, right up against the wall. It was the A.M.F.circular ball return.
    I’ve never been in a bowling alley with an odd number of lanes other then Glenwood.
    Jack Clemente had his pro shop 2 doors to the left of Glenwood Bowl, on Myrtle Ave.
    I believe that the Post Office is there today

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  40. Doug

     /  September 5, 2014

    Olympic bowl Dave,George,jimmy

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    • I knew Dave from Olympic Lanes – it was in the basement on 63rd drive. His son Howie and I were neighbors and after more than 40 years he and I just spoke together. Would love to see a picture of the old lanes…………………if you have it!

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      • Jerry D.

         /  April 7, 2015

        Great memories of Olympic Lanes as a teenager. It was underground but it was located on Bell Blvd near 48th Ave.
        I too remember Dave, his daughter and of course, Jimmy Coyne. Jimmy asked me to bowl on his team one year. I can’t remember the name of the league, but their biggest league was on Thursday nights.

  41. I remember a bowling alley on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills called Regency Bowling Lanes. It was entered through a small doorwary that led you down a flight of stairs and into the bowling alley which was under all of the stores. Does anyone remember that?

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  42. Vinny

     /  September 10, 2014

    No one said anything about Three Star Lanes on 18th Ave and 86 st?

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    • Carmelann

       /  September 19, 2014

      Please give me more information. Did you live there? What’s there now?

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      • Vinny

         /  October 6, 2014

        Yes I lived in the area. I also worked at 3 Star Lanes…(Pin Chaser) I think it’s a PC Richards now…

  43. Robert

     /  September 11, 2014

    My Dad owned Ave M Bowl in Brooklyn and Elmhurst Lanes in Queens since 1958 and sold them back in 1983.
    He saw the business start to turn with malls popping up, video games, and had the insight /gift to see the future- people would rather one day jump on a computer then bowl.
    Back in 1978 he worked with RCA to put the 1st 2 automatic scorers in his ally’s.
    He passed away in 2011 and ran 2 of the best centers. I worked in both and will never forget .
    Those were the days…
    Robert Knobel
    Howard Knobel’s son.

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    • I started bowling at Ave M in 1958 when it opened, I was 14 at the time and virtually lived there for the next 10 years along with Bernie bananas, Mac $ Stoop etc. I loved bowling heads up action matches which I did daily at Ave M, in the early 1960s Howie made a deal to back Mac & Stoop in action bowling if they could bring the late night action to Ave M which they did in spades, Ave M became the biggest and best known action house in the country 6 nights a week, the big action was at Central Lanes on Saturday night. All of the great action bowling legends like Richie Hornreich, Mike Limongello, you name them they were at Ave M nightly from all over the east coast and beyond.I was in my glory, never ran out of someone to bowl for big money… Cliff

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  44. Dr. Charley Eichler

     /  September 19, 2014

    I noted Three Star on my lengthy list of bowling centers in Brooklyn that I had bowled at. Changing neighborhood of immigrants does not support having a bowling center in the area. A store went in there when they closed. I am not sure what is thre now. I am at 95th and 3rd Avenue.

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  45. Don Hetman

     /  September 23, 2014

    Someone mentioned Bowl-a-way, on 108 street and the Long Island Expressway having 72 lanes. I believe that Bowl-a-way had 108 lanes.
    Before Bowl-a-way, the hose with the most lanes, that I remember was Ridgewood Lanes,located on Irving Ave., and Cooper St.
    In the 60’s, there was a show that was televised from Ridgewood Lanes, called, ” Make that Spare “.
    It was on every Saturday night, and it had all professional bowlers competing for prize money.
    The format went something like this:
    Each bowler would shoot at 4 different spares worth points. The 2,4,5,8 ( the bucket ) was worth 10 points. The 1,2,4,7 ( the fence ) was worth 10 points. The 1,2,4,10 ( the washout ) was worth 25 points, and the 5,7 was worth 50 points.
    Whoever got the most points, won $1000.,and got the opportunity to shoot at the jackpot spare, the 6,7,8,10, worth $10,000. The winner came back next week to face another challenger.
    I remember Don Carter winning his match, and making the jackpot spare, the first time that he was on the show.

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  46. Dr. Charley Eichler

     /  September 24, 2014

    Is that Metro-Forest Bowling Academy that was in Forest Hills from at least 1944-1959?

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  47. Steven B

     /  October 27, 2014

    LICITY Lanes on 47th avenue in Queens. Stadium Bowling which was on Queens Boulevard and 41st Street downstairs from the Stadium Bar. Tri-Jays (aka Dungeons) on 43 avenue between 45 and 46 streets. it was downstairs below a Bohack Supermarket with 6 pool tables and 8 lanes. the lanes were hand set and you had a choice of regular, barrel pins or duck pins.

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  48. Art Allard

     /  November 12, 2014

    I’ve been gone from NYC since 1976 but I’ll never forget The Dungeons. I learned to bowl there. I had my first 200 game on alley 3 and was congratulated by mgmt with my first beer at their little bar. Are any photos ( inside naturally ) available ??? i would love to get copies.
    I also recall an upstairs combo at Q Blvd and 46th street. I didn’t like the alley setup but the pool table arrangement was great.

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  49. joan Diamond

     /  November 19, 2014
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  50. Albert Glutz

     /  December 4, 2014

    Does anyone remember the 3 small bowling alleys in Rego Park in the 50s. Tony Sparando’s, Tribowl & Foxy’s?

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  51. Andrew Ward

     /  January 7, 2015

    I wonder if anybody knows what was the closest bowling alley to Park Avenue in Brooklyn in around 1914? I am guessing that it’s the bowling alley Al Capone worked in as a pin boy.

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  52. Edward M. Denton

     /  January 24, 2015

    I bowled at Cardinal lanes on Saturday mornings, in the 1970’s as a child, for league that was sponsored by singer Arthur Prysock. SP9-5000! I still remember the light blue league shirts with the black lettering.

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  53. ruth

     /  February 17, 2015

    what was the name of bowling alley off queens blvd in forrest hills was on side street might have been a night club at same location

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  54. Dr. Charley Eichler

     /  February 19, 2015

    Hollywood Lanes’ parking lot was on side street off Queens Blvd. It was in basement but I do not remember what was on ground level. That is my guess!

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  55. College Point Lanes 22-12 College Point Blvd. Closed 1990. I worked there for 7 years started bowling there in 1974

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  56. I remember Tri-Bowl on I believe 63rd Drive in Rego Park. Owned by Red Hoffman. I think they closed up in the early 80’s 12 alleys in a basement and lots of fun to be had!

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  57. Chris cullen

     /  April 24, 2015

    There was a bowling alley on Flatbush avenue and Rogers ave called Kings Lanes. Spent a lot of time there

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    • I bowled EVERY Saturday at Kings Lanes (usually one complete sheet of 12 games and sometimes started a second sheet)! Games were 50 cents back then and you could bowl all day, no one bothered you! It later became a YMCA – not sure what it is now. There was a small “diner” on the corner (Rogers Avenue) where you could get a burger or something to eat although as I remember, it was not a favored place for whatever reason, and hardly anyone was ever in there but if you were hungry, it was convenient! Those certainly were the days – remember listening to the Righteous Brothers while bowling and of course, putting your ball in the ball cleaning machine at the end of the day and paying for the “extra” polish to make your ball shine. Uhhhhhh, bring it all back, I miss it!!!!!!!

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    • My father owned Kings Lanes…It was a great place Flatbush and Farragut .

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      • Allan

         /  July 25, 2016

        Kings Lanes! Bowled there EVERY Sunday afternoon (all 14 games) which if I remember correctly, was one complete sheet! Ahhhh, the days of pencils and having to KNOW how to keep score. I remember listening to the Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” piped in on the house speakers while bowling! I STILL have the ball from that period (purchased in 1965) and re-drilled twice as my hands got bigger! Great memories! Ate lunch at the corner luncheonette on Flatbush & Farragut after the bowling session. This was back when that area was “quiet” and safe!

      • Walnut lanes…in Great Neck…anyone remember that one. There was a fellow there, Dave that serviced the machines..knew him for years. The small restaurant there was nice as well. I remember watching the small black and white TV there the day our three Apollo astronauts were killed in the capsule fire.

        On Jul 25, 2016 11:47 AM, “LI & NY Places that are no more” wrote:

        > charles miller commented: “My father owned Kings Lanes…It was a great > place Flatbush and Farragut .” >

  58. John schramm

     /  April 27, 2015

    There was a bowling center on sunrise hwy in amityville(closed by 1980) , north Babylon lanes ( deer park ave) (closed late 70s) , maywood bowl (109 & 110) , century 110 lanes in Huntington, brentwood bowl ( brentwood) , captree lanes (brightwaters) and oakdale lanes (oakdale)

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  59. John schramm

     /  April 27, 2015

    I remembered a few more, rocky point bowl (caldor shopping center now kohls, down stairs), bowl a land (known as bowl a hole , portion road lake ronkonkoma) west Hampton bowl , riverhead lanes ( corner of rt 25 & cr 58 not the new one at cr 58 & cr 105 ) , club 91 peconic ave riverhead , greenport bowl (greenport) , mattituck lanes , Maggio’s (patchogue) , a small six lane house on division street in east Islip, stony brook bowl ( later sports plus , home of a couple of pba tour stops ) and last bay shore bowl (closed last year) rip long gone but not forgotten

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  60. Barbara Miller Solomon

     /  May 29, 2015

    We bowled at Jamaica Rec every weekend. Now it is part if York College’s parking lot. There was also a bowling alley on Hillside Ave right off 169th Street. Jamaica High Schooll’s bowling team used the lanes as well as youth leagues in the area.

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    • I think you’re talking about Utopia Lanes. I was on the Martin Van Buren team back in 1961-63 and Jamaica High was our arch rival.

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      • Utopia was on Union Turnpike a few blocks east of St John’s, on the south side of Union roughly across from the Sly Fox Inn…it was underground and accessed by a storefront door in a row of other stores…. in 1986 when I tried out for the St John’s University Bowling team that was our home house !

  61. Claire Serant

     /  June 7, 2015

    Looking for pictures of St. Albans Bowl for a book on the history of St. Albans, Queens for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images in America” series. Does anyone have one? Does anyone know where it was located on Dunkirk Ave and who the owners were? How long was it there and when did it close? Please help. Current residents I have spoken with don’t remember the facility. Please email: stalbanscds@gmail.com
    Claire Serant
    York College

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  62. Bobbi

     /  August 8, 2015

    There was a bowling alley just South of Jamaica Avenue, just across the street from the Queens Village Railroad Station. I can’t remember the name. It was small and employed “pin boys.”

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  63. Does anyone remember Hyde Park Lanes on Hillside Ave. in Hyde Park. Lots of action with good pot games on Friday night & Sunday mornings?

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  64. Don Hetman

     /  October 25, 2015

    Carl,
    Are you talking about New Hyde Park Lanes on New Hyde Park Road just north of Hempstead Turnpike ?
    By the way, I remember you from Van Wyck Lanes in the ’60’s. I worked there and bowled there a lot.
    You were a great bowler when $ was on the table.

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    • Don, you’re right. It was New Hyde Park Lanes. It seems like a lifetime ago. I left New York in 1965, spent 1 year in L.A., and then moved to Portland, Or. Been here since.

      Don, tomorrow is my 71st. BDAY. What a great present you’ve given me. It’s special to be remembered. Do you recall the GM, Bob Levine?

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  65. Don Hetman

     /  October 26, 2015

    Carl,
    ” Happy Birthday “, and many more.
    Right now I’m living in Spring Hill Florida. Been down here for 13 years. Still bowling. The game has changed drastically as I’m sure you know.
    I remember Bob Levine, Richie Delehanty and Bert Winkler. They all worked at Van Wyck. Also, do you remember Mike, Kenny, Chuck, Big Marvin the pin chaser ? There were always a lot of us there all of the time. Do you also remember some of the guys from ” Americana ” ?
    Those great days are gone, but we will always have the memories.

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  66. Don, thank you. This IS a RUN down memory lane. I remember Richie Delehanty. He worked the desk. I recall Bert Winkler, and Mr. Walter Pearson. Walter was always very kind to me. Sal the bartender, his wife Kathy and the other waitress, Adele. Mike, Kenny, Chuck – sorry. Big Marvin. Walked with a strange gait. Almost as if his ankle was disconnected. I can never think of him without thinking of Cassius Clay. He was the only one(I knew) who thought Clay could beat Liston and he bet on Clay. I remember he walked a little taller after that fight. Americana Lanes. Two things. I bowled a young kid, younger than me, named Bobby Pomerico at Van Wyck and then at his home, Americana. I think we split. I bowled there one more time and was met in the parking lot by three guys and 1 knife. All they took back was the $180.00 I won. I was always grateful for them because they taught me there were just some places I just should’nt be.

    It’s amazing what we can remember. An what we choose to forget.

    Anyone else?

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  67. Don Hetman

     /  October 28, 2015

    Carl.
    Do you remember Jim Dolan ? He worked the desk and managed Van Wyck and Turnpike. He was an ex Irish cop, always dressed in a suit and tie. He always looked like he came off of the cover of G.Q. He was great to work with, and also a good bowler.
    Are you still bowling ?

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    • Carl Deitchman

       /  October 29, 2015

      Don, been racking my brain.  Was Kenny the cook at Van Wyck?   I left Van Wyck and went to work at Turnpike c1962.  The manager then was Shelly Herman.  He always dressed impeccably, but I don’t remember a Jim Dolan. His asst. mgr. was Eddy Beck, and he too always dressed. Smoked a pipe, even when he bowled.  Didn’t help.  Don, I bowled the first half of the 2012-2013 season, and then finally had to quit. Back problems.  My last night I was playing inside, started with the first 6, and then thru the ball in the gutter at the arrows. Figured it was time. I can still golf 2-3 times wk., but that’s because I have less ego as I was never very good anyway. Have you read Pin Action, by Gianmarc Manzione,  the story of Ernie Schlegel??  It just came out last year and I think you’d enjoy it.   This is a TREAT.

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  68. Don Hetman

     /  October 29, 2015

    Carl,
    The cook at Van Wyck was Willie Harrison, a tall thin black man.
    Kenny Nordman was one of the many of us that hung out and bowled there all of the time. Some of the others were : Mike Catanzarite, Chuck Manza, Pete Julian, Bernie Baker and so many others.
    I think Jim Dolan became the manager of Turnpike after Shelly around ’66 or ’67.
    Do you remember Rosalie Biemer ? She was the day manager at Van Wyck in the mid to late 60’s.
    I did read Pin Action.
    Have you ever checked out the website called, ” ActionBowlers.com. I know that you will really enjoy it. Some of the stories will make your hair curl. Let me know what you think.

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  69. Don, what an incredible memory. Willie Harrison. I’ve thought about him many times over the years, I just couldn’t remember his name. He always made sure I ate. Good guy, good cook. He could always make me smile. I remember the names Chuck Manza & Pete Julian. I also recall Rosalie Biemer. She was the day mgr. just before I left Turnpike. Do you recall Jan Bobroy. He was about 2 yrs. older, worked at Turnpike, had a strong game. Never seemed to lose a pin in count. I bowled him a couple times and then we thought it best to team up. Besides, he had a license and a car.
    Don, I found the site we’re on thru actionbowlers.com. This was one of the sub topics.
    I have not had a chance to read some of AC Butch’s stories as yet. I will.

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  70. Hi Don, Remember us, Jackie & Claudia? We used to bowl with you at some of these Alleys.
    You used to tell us, “Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose” to get us to follow thru. I still use that. I left you some pictures on Facebook. You can contact us thru there. Would love to catch up with you. Hope all is well and Happy Birthday next week!

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  71. Don Hetman

     /  November 1, 2015

    Carl,
    I don’t remember Jan Bobroy. If you teamed up with him, he must have been very good.
    When you check out actionbowlers.com, they have some great stories of some of the all time great action bowlers.
    I met two of them down here. Hank Behrbom, who bowled a lot of doubles with Mike Kilgannon and Lou Spadaro, who bowled a lot of action in a lot of the Brooklyn bowling alleys. The stories that they tell are amazing.
    I accepted your friend request on Facebook, thank you.
    If you want, you can e mail me through Facebook if you prefer.

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  72. Michael

     /  November 21, 2015

    Amazing thread though depressing. I’m in my second season of league bowling, I guess I was not there for the glory days. Still I lived 4 blocks away from Lexmark, I never bowled, but played arcade there. Jamar Lanes on 59th and Bay Pkwy was the first alley I bowled at, my mom took me and my brother there. Never got to go to Melody, amazing that 2 major houses be so close to one another. Then my parents bought a house in Rego Park and we were walking distance to both Hollywood lanes which I went once with my brother, and Woodhaven which I been too many times.

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  73. William Lyons

     /  November 21, 2015

    Thats LeeMark lanes in Brooklyn.

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  74. Allan

     /  November 23, 2015

    I used to bowl on the Monday night “680” league at the Avenue M bowl in Brooklyn (McDonald Avenue & Avenue M). The guys I bowled with were in what I would call the “lower tier” of the available leagues that would bowl on that night, I don’t remember exactly what the reference was that separated us from the other leagues. Our averages were in the 175 – 225 range. I would surely love to connect with those guys again. Of course, with the passage of time, I don’t remember the names and have faint visual recollections of their faces. However, if anyone bowled at this house on the referenced “680” league / Mondays, feel free to let yourself be known. It would be great to share some memories of those great times.

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  75. Michael

     /  December 9, 2015

    Here is a find, a newspaper from 1961 http://fultonhistory.com/Newspaper%2014/Long%20Island%20City%20NY%20Star%20Journal/Long%20Island%20City%20NY%20Star%20Journal%201961/Long%20Island%20%20City%20NY%20Star%20Journal%201961%20-%200250.pdf

    Lists a lot of alleys with addresses
    Norwood Bowl at 35-17 30th Avenue is a pool hall today, that just reopened. Must of been small alley. Interestingly the property of Whitestone Lanes was put up for sale recently, asking price $60 mil. Meanwhile there is also an article about building a new alley in LIC at 10-22 46 avenue.

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  76. THE LANES ABOVE WOOLWORTHS 5TH AVE 86ST BROOKLYN WAS “SHOREVIEW” RUN BY WALTER AND CHARLEY THORNE IN THE FIFTIES AND 60S, THE YEARS I LIVED IN BROOKLYN BEFORE MOVING TO NJ IN 1962. LEEMARK AND DYKER WERE MY HOME LANES.

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  77. @Bobbi, there used to be a bowling alley that fits your description if memory serves me right. It was on the North side of Jamaica ave. around 212th St. that had a yellow awning and was downstairs. It’s name was Belaire Rec…

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  78. There was a bowling alley in Uniondale that was called Planders. Not sure of the spelling.

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  79. Paul F

     /  January 31, 2016

    Oakdale Lanes and their Sunday morning $5 “Rent a Lane” deal was a staple in my life growing up. Usually around 8 of us would pile into two cars at 8:00a.m. and drive from Port Jeff down to Oakdale and bowl 4 to a lane for 3 hours. It would come to around $.25 a game once all was said and done. You’d have to call them Monday morning when they opened to get a lane the following Sunday; if you waited any longer the house would be sold out. Closest thing to that today is E. Islip Lanes – $.99 games Sunday mornings 9am to 11:30 and the place is packed. I take my daughter as often as we can go.
    Our fallback, in case we couldn’t get a lane at Oakdale, would be Oscar’s in E. Islip. Above ground ball return, 16 lanes, in the back of the building. The only place I saw in the ’70’s as a bar first, alley second, though it sounds like that was the rule in the ’50’s and ’60’s in Brooklyn and Queens (a little before my time).

    Great times and they’re still out there – just gotta know where to look.

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  80. Don Hetman

     /  February 3, 2016

    Tom,
    I believe that the name of the bowling alley in Uniondale was Plander Lanes.
    It was located on Uniondale Ave.

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  81. Anyone remember Walnut lanes bowling ally??
    There was a fellow that worked there…David…I remember watching the snoopy cartoons there in the dining room….Great memories…late 50’S…EARLY 60’s

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  82. Susan

     /  March 8, 2016

    Hi. I’m actually looking for the names of a few bowling alleys that were around in the late 2940s-1950s. Owned by a family in Brooklyn New York. I hope you could help me out. Thank you so much for your time.
    Sincerely
    Susan

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  83. bob

     /  March 13, 2016

    …….and VICTORY BOWL on 32nd. ave., in Bayside. Queens. (Zombies)

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  84. Harry Thompson

     /  March 31, 2016

    Sunrise Bowl, Bellmore

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  85. Tammy Beck

     /  May 1, 2016

    My mom worked at parkside lanes in brooklyn ny in the sixties . Russo was the owner and my mom was a waitress there. Her name was sandy Beck.

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  86. Mary Ann Dillon-Markle

     /  May 8, 2016

    I am looking for anyone that bowled at Cardinal Lanes (Jamaica Av/Francis Lewis Blvd) in the early sixties?

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  87. I did occassionally. I remember a doubles match I had with Connie Tschinski (??) who worked accross the street at Stardust Lanes, c1964. I had bowled AGAINST Connie the 1st. time at Van Wyck. We had an extremely high scoring match for 7 games. I had walked into Cardinal Lanes one night and a couple of guys were looking for a doubles game. I called Connie and he came over after his shift. We did very well.
    It’s been so many years, but I think I remember borh Cardinal & Stardust having an odd number of lanes.

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  88. Allan

     /  July 25, 2016

    Kings Lanes! Bowled there EVERY Sunday afternoon (all 14 games) which if I remember correctly, was one complete sheet! Ahhhh, the days of pencils and having to KNOW how to keep score. I remember listening to the Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” piped in on the house speakers while bowling! I STILL have the ball from that period (purchased in 1965) and re-drilled twice as my hands got bigger! Great memories! Ate lunch at the corner luncheonette on Flatbush & Farragut after the bowling session. This was back when that area was “quiet” and safe!

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  89. William Lyons

     /  July 25, 2016

    I remember Kings Lanes, I bowled in Leader Lanes on Coney Island Ave.

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  90. Allan

     /  July 25, 2016

    I bowled at Leader Lanes too! I remember it was always dark and had a bar which was rumored to be frequented by “questionable” characters from time to time!

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  91. Nick

     /  September 9, 2016

    Glendale Bowling alley – Myrtle Ave and 72street – 10 lanes.. We hung out for years as kids and teenagers and set up pins. My friend Joe (about age 15) set up 100 games in a day! We made 17cents a game. We could practice for free and set up pins for each other. Great Times!!! – Nicky D

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  92. Don Hetman

     /  September 12, 2016

    Nick,
    I remember a bowling alley on Myrtle Ave. where Cooper Ave. intersected. It had 10 lanes downstairs, with over ground ball returns and you could either bowl regular pins or duck pins.
    I went there in the mid 60’s and bowled my only game of duck pins.
    Was this the same place ?

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  93. vic

     /  October 18, 2016

    My grandfather Vic Maroni owned Acme Bowling. My email is vrod321@yahoo.com

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  94. Vic

     /  October 18, 2016

    Hi Frank,

    Sadly my grandfather Vic Maroni passed away last July at age 94. I have many pictures of all 3 of them at the bowling alley. Send me your email.

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  95. Walter

     /  October 26, 2016

    My parents owned Kew Forest Recreation on Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens from 1947 to 1967. 10 Alleys downstairs.

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  96. Bob Hoffman

     /  December 1, 2016

    My Dad was Red Hoffman who owned Tri Bowl Lanes on 63rd Drive in Rego Park. There were 12 lanes in the basement . Was a bowling alley brat all the way through college I worked for him there too. He was a pro bowler back in the 40s and 50s and even bowled a 300 in Glendale Lanes. Too many memories to jot down as my Dad knew all the bowling legends of that era.

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  97. My dad, Sal Casper, managed Cardinal Lanes in Queens in the early 60’s. (Pretty sure “Manager – Bowling Alley” is listed as his profession on my August, 1964 birth certificate, in fact.) He also drew the logo that was on the sign. (My parents pointed it out every time we drove by on our way to visit my grandmother in the 70’s.)

    (Found this post while looking for pictures & stories about Hollis in the late 40’s –>. Someone found & sent me a few pics of my dad & his crew from the 40’s/50’s that he said he found on a blog…but now he can’t find it again… I’m not having much luck, either…)

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  98. Frank

     /  March 4, 2017

    Some of these post bring back great memories.

    I actually pinchased at diplomat bowl, bay ridge lanes and Elmwood lanes.

    Here’s my list of centers that are no more,

    Leemark lanes (Brooklyn)
    Connie’s ocean recreation (Brooklyn)
    Kenmore lanes. (Brooklyn)
    The original gil Hodges lanes. (Brooklyn)
    Mill basin bowl (Brooklyn)
    Jaymar lanes (brooklyn)

    Long island centers,

    Riverhead lanes
    Rocky point bowl
    Stonybrook bowl
    Oakdale lanes
    Maggios rec (Patchogue)
    Bowlerland (ronkonkoma)
    Maywood bowl
    Werner’s lindenhurst bowl
    Walt Whitman lanes
    Falcaros Amityville bowl
    300 pro bowl
    County line bowl (farmingdale)
    Brentwood bowl
    Jericho lanes (Woodbury)

    Awesome memories!!!

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  99. Also Maple Lanes and Leader lanes Brooklyn

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  100. West Hampton lanes is now gone

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  101. Missing in Suffolk County was Sunset Lanes on Deer Park Ave in North Babylon , Captree Bowl on Union Ave in West Islip , Mattituck Bowl on ST RT 25 in Mattituck & there was an 8 lane center on Main Street in the village of Greenport ( do not remember the name of that center)

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  102. what’s listed as Elmont Bowl was actually called Elmont Bowlaire on Hempstead Turnpike. The former Argo Lanes then International Lanes is now called Dani’s Strike Zone and downsized from the former 28 lanes to I think 24…..

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    • the Elmont Bowl photo posted is of Dani’s Strike Zone…. does anyone have a photo of Elmont Bowlaire to post? it was in the same building as Barney’s restaurant

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  103. frank podstupka

     /  April 12, 2017

    Hi Chris

    I’m Frank Podstupka. I bowled for St. John’s in 1963. Our home house was Bowlmor in the lower part of Manhattan. Bowled with Tom Kuster, Al Passano, George Buck, and Dick Biondi.

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