Development dooms Maple Lanes, popular old-style bowling alley

September 11, 2012 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Bowlers will have one less place to try for strikes. Maple Lanes, the famed bowling alley on 60th Street in Borough Park, where generations of Brooklyn residents have gone to play, will be closing in 2014, the New York Post reported.

The bowling alley, at 1570 60th St., is still a popular spot for youth leagues and church groups.

Community Board 12 was set last night to consider a zoning variance request from a developer that would allow the owners to tear Maple lanes down and build a complex containing 182 condos. A synagogue would also be built at the location, the Post reported.

The Maple Lanes website gives no hint that the famed spot is doomed. The website boasts that Maple Lanes is “family owned and operated,” and also advertises a “$10 @ 10” bowling night on Tuesdays in which patrons pay only $10 to bowl until 10 p.m.

The loss of Maple Lanes would leave local bowlers with few options. The closest bowling alley is Melody Lanes in Sunset Park. Bay Ridge’s only bowling alley, Leemark Lanes, located on 88th Street, closed in 2007.

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