BOWLED UNDER, downtown Brooklyn

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From my pal in Forgottening Lindley Farley, who wrote the excellent Oddball New York a few years ago, comes the sad word that the remnants of the large painted ad depicting a long-closed and long-Forgotten bowling alley on Rockwell Place north of Fulton street (next to the Harvey Theater of the Brooklyn Academy of Music) has finally been painted over.

 

I’ve circled here what’s left of the bowler (on the right) and the bowling ball striking the pins (left). There’s also an ad for the former Ashland Garage, where you could park for 25¢ or 50¢. I’m sure some ForgottenFan knows what bowling alley this was.

 

Sick transit, Gloria! The relentless march of development continues apace.

2/15/14





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3 Responses to BOWLED UNDER, downtown Brooklyn

  1. Jim S. says:

    I bowled many times in those alleys, my next door neighbor Ray was the manager there. He taught me how to do a hook shot into the 1-3 pocket. One of his early pupils was a little boy named Anthony, who later became the lead of Little Anthony And The Imperials.

  2. FNY Fan Skip says:

    Kevin, have you thought about doing a little piece on the disappearance of bowling centers in NYC since the ’60s? There are only about 20 centers left in the whole city, when once there was a center in almost every neighborhood.

  3. FNY Fan Skip says:

    My sources tell me that this was Strand Lanes.

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