Put on your bowling shoes

How upscale alleys are invading New York

In the wake of the economic crisis, New Yorkers are opting to spend their dough in an unlikely place: the bowling alley. However, the bowling hot spots that have been cropping up everywhere from Brooklyn to Chelsea are a far cry from the fluorescent-lit, cheap beer-infused alleys of old. Instead, the pins have been dropping in classy venues, which boast gourmet food, VIP service and dress codes. But not everyone is singing the praises of hipster bowling, where the drink tab is often far higher than the scores. As league bowler T. C. Newsome, 72, told the New York Times: “It’s not bowling. It’s for the younger generation that wants instant gratification. In bowling, it doesn’t just come. You have to practice.”

New York Times

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