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Borough Park, NY - Brooklyn's Oldest Bowling Ally Could Become a Synagogue

Published on: April 23, 2011 11:51 PM
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Maple Lanes, in Borough Park, Brooklyn, may close in the next few years to house a synagogue and some apartment complexes. Josh Haner/The New York TimesBrooklyn, NY - Pins clattered to a soundtrack of the Drifters and the Temptations as if it were a half-century ago when Maple Lanes first opened, only without the clouds of smoke.

Maple Lanes, in Borough Park, Brooklyn, may close in the next few years to house a synagogue and some apartment complexes.

Men wearing gold chains with bowling pin pendants hugged and kissed as if they had not seen one another in years, instead of the Wednesday before, while women unpacked their bowling ball bags and their bravado.

“Attention Parking Lot, all captains report to the bar!” the announcement barked, calling the leaders of that night’s bowling teams. John Lambert, 56, the longtime president of the Wednesday Night Parking Lot league, rushed to collect weekly fees from his 34 teams, whose spirited members range in age from 22 to 78.

Most came as refugees four years ago to Maple Lanes, a bowling center at 16th Avenue and 60th Street, on a triangle bordering Borough Park, Bensonhurst and Mapleton.


“We used to be at Leemark in Bay Ridge,” said Chris Smith, 55, explaining the league’s name. “But they tore that down and turned it into a parking lot for Century 21.”

Depending on the real-estate market and the conflicted feelings of its owner, Maple Lanes, too, might be knocked down, though such a heartbreaking end for its regulars would probably not come anytime soon.

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 Apr 24, 2011 at 12:11 AM Shmoger Says:

I know who owns that building, I wounder which synagogue hes goin to build.


 Apr 24, 2011 at 02:20 AM Anonymous Says:

If you once bowled 300, do you go to heaven immediately when you daven there too?


 Apr 24, 2011 at 09:05 AM leftbrooklyn Says:

What a loss.


 Apr 24, 2011 at 07:14 AM ConcernedJew Says:

I always thought a Supermarket would have been the ideal place...


 Apr 24, 2011 at 07:29 AM MegMen Says:

I'd be surprised if this project ever gets done. The last one this guy tried to do did not work out too well.


 Apr 24, 2011 at 09:23 AM reb yona Says:

Reply to #1  
Shmoger Says:

I know who owns that building, I wounder which synagogue hes goin to build.

I know who you are, I wonder when you'll stop posting everything you wonder.....


 Apr 24, 2011 at 09:57 AM ProminantLawyer Says:

#6 how do you know who he is?
and who is he?


 Apr 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM ALLAN Says:

I have been in Maple Lanes many times and have seen many orthodox community members there and they appear to be having fun. I would say that the closing of this establishment would be a loss to the BP community since it provides a good venue for decent entertainment and exercise. As the article indicates most other bowling alleys have closed and that is not only a Brooklyn issue but many in other parts of the city are now also gone.


 Apr 24, 2011 at 10:50 AM YITZCHOK Says:

The suspense is killing us- so who owns it?


 Apr 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM Rebyid40 Says:

Just what we need in BP, another shteeble!


 Apr 24, 2011 at 02:01 PM happymamma Says:

duh...Mr. katz owns it....


 Apr 26, 2011 at 11:07 PM Sherree Says:

What is wrong with having a place that families and especially kids can just go and have some Kosher fun and exercise? Maple lanes has been a fixture in BP for decades and it should stay that way.


 Apr 27, 2011 at 12:32 AM FullaBullaRav Says:

Bowling is exercise? How come so many bowlers are overweight?

In all seriousness, BP needs a place to have legitimate family fun - until it gets banned by some rabbis. My wife and I enjoyed this place when we were dating. Didn't BP once have a skating rink on Ft. Hamilton Parkway?


 Apr 28, 2011 at 09:31 AM yidishatuchter Says:

uch, thats not fair..... i guess my friends and i will miss maple lanes if it closes down..... and will need to look for another bowling alley. and why would it become a sheel??? huh? no better place?


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