This Queens bowling alley is an anachronism and an oasis

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The Dude was onto something


Speaking of anachronisms, New York, and bowling: I still like getting yelled at by the bartender at Brooklyn’s Melody Lanes.

I mean look at this guy:

(yes, he always wears the suspenders and bow tie)


1,000 words worth visiting

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They’re all going away. Our quaint anachronistic local bowling alley was just bought up by an outfit that’s going to halve its lanes and add a restaurant, surely a competitor for the other dirty, $10/game cosmic bowling in town that no one goes to. G’bye $1.50 games…


One of the pleasant quirks of the low real estate prices in Cleveland is that our bowling spots are still going strong and you can choose the style that suits you. They were able to differentiate enough to keep the numbers up. I can easily bike to a old school hand oiled lane, or a neon nightmare that focuses on craft cocktails. My preferred spot for actual bowling is a pretty straight ahead 70s style place, but I spend more time at one that merged with a concert venue.


i keep pushing my group of friends to start a bowling group (“team” sounds to professional, lol) but they can’t understand why i think it would be a fun thing for us to do from time to time. i think i need to send them this video.

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If you’re near Boston…

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The Los Angeles equivalent might be Moonlight Rollerway. A photographer friend has taken some amazing photos there over the years:


If it wasn’t for C-19, I’d be bowling each sunday at Sawyer’s Bowladrome in Northborough, MA. Awesome 8 lane candle pin in the basement. Super fun, please try and drop by when they can reopen.

That sucks. Last time I was in Portland a group of us went out bowling. It was either newly built or totally refurbished. The couches were the nicest part. The bar was wildly expensive (and not the quality a $15 cocktail implies), there were GIANT tvs above every lane that acted as the scorecard monitors (and when not entering a score were running normal commercial tv) and a bunch of other things that made it clear that the lanes were an afterthought. It was just wrong. I’m not given over to nostalgia when it’s not warranted, but they missed the heart of what makes bowling fun by a mile.


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