It takes up two floors of what used to be the reporters' desks for The New York Times, which ceased to be made at that location in 2007. Anyway, this is NOT the old bowling alley down the street, folks. This is an all out entertainment mecca for bowlers of all skill levels and interest.
The Stadium Grill
There is a full sized sports bar/restaurant - The Stadium Grill; there's also the Tribeca Loft Nightclub that includes a stage for entertainers to perform on (usually for private parties, but open to the public otherwise), and each floor has a bar/lounge for those who are waiting for a lane to open up. And there is a full sized store for all of your Bowlmor Lanes shopping needs, too!
Notice the large pillars and low ceilings in the vintage photo
Those same pillars are decorated
per room -in this case, Chinatown
Oh, yeah. It's a bowling alley, too. In fact, it sports not one, but two registration desks/shoe rental places. What would bowling be without those so ugly they're cute bowling shoes to rent? And this place doesn't just have lanes. No, it has 50 lanes spread out over two floors in 7 themed rooms - I'm telling you it is the Disney World of bowling. Each room is decorated like an aspect of New York City history and culture : Central Park, Times Square, Chinatown, the Subway, Art Deco, New York Pop Culture and Prohibition Lanes. What really makes these lanes unique is that they work despite really low ceilings.
And what sets this bowling experience apart from all others is the ambiance. Ever do "Midnight Madness" at your local alley, where they turn of the lights, blare music and turn on the black lights so everything glows in the dark? Well, take that to a more chic, exciting level. Here, the lights are low, the music is loud, the gutters are lined with racing red lights, and above the pin set are gigantic TV screens that show a wide variety of sporting events and other things.
The lane that is right against these pillars was where we bowled!
The night we went, we were in the Art Deco Lanes, on an alley right next to giant pillars, art deco-ed from floor to ceiling. The tall leather banquettes were comfortable seating, but the games there are fast. You really seem to move to the pace of the room. It was loud, it was exciting and it was fun. Even the score screens are fun. They tell you how fast you threw the last ball!
Like most bowling alleys you have to rent shoes ($6.75 for the night), but the balls are interesting... there are probably 2 dozen at each pair of lanes of all different weights - green balls, for example, are all 12 pounders. But what makes them interesting is that once you know what weight you want, you have a choice on each ball of where to put your fingers. There are two sets of three holes on each ball, small, medium and large! Once you get used to it, the bowling itself is as fun and challenging (if not more so) as anyplace you've ever been.
The Uptown Bar and Lounge
Here's a map of the place
Even if all you do is go in and look around, it is a cool experience. And it is a welcome addition to the Times Square area. For more information, like hours and specials go to http://www.bowlmor.com/.
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