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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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