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September 10, 2012 12:22 pm

Famous Brooklyn Bowling Alley Could Become Jewish Synagogue

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Maple Lanes in Brooklyn. Photo: Maple Lanes.

Maple Lanes, which has been operating in Brooklyn since 1960 and is the antithesis of the chic and pricey bowling alleys that have gained popularity in New York City in recent years, may soon house a synagogue and over 150 apartments.

Located in Borough Park, the bowling alley’s owners say their new project will provide “needed housing” to the area, and “a synagogue with community-event space for a growing Jewish population”, according to the New York Post.

The prospective change will face its first city review on Monday night in Brooklyn.

“Maple Lanes is an institution — it’s a cornerstone of Brooklyn,” 50 year old Mark Goldberg told The Post while bowling in Borough Park. “I don’t want to believe that someday it might not be here.”

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The alley features 48 lanes and at $4.50 per game, it is one of the cheaper options for New York City bowlers.

While bowling at one of the city’s trendier locations, 25 year old Jeremy Kirschner told The Post that young people who go to bowling alleys aren’t there for the sport.

“Back in the day, people actually cared about bowling,” he said. “Now, all we want to do is drink, dance, party and hook up. Bowling is more of an afterthought.”

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  • David Nachenberg

    First, let me preface this by saying that I am not from Brooklyn…I am however a proud Jew, and a bowler, bowling fan, and bowling writer (perhaps Israel’s only official bowling writer)…that said, I am in conflict here…on the one hand, I am against what has happened to so many bowling centers in the NY metro area, and to think of a bowling center closing saddens me. On the other hand, I am in favor of building Synagogues as they are needed. (The writer or editor in their ignorance wrote “Jewish Synagogue,” What other kind is there?)
    What is needed in that neighborhood is to see if people frequent that establishment. If it is empty, and not enough bowlers to sustain it, then closing it may be the answer, unless the neighborhood residents can be enticed to go bowling…If it is not feasible to sustain the bowling center at its present size, can they “downsize” it, and have fewer lanes, and by selling the lanes to other bowling establishments, they can earn revenue…also, they can then rent out the parts of the building that will not have bowling lanes at that point…if someone wanted to rent a room for a Synagogue, then that would meet the spiritual and sports needs of people like me…Hope they all come up strikes in the new year…L’Shana Tova.

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