Thrillist Pick: Rab’s Country Lanes
A journey by land and sea leads to this 48-lane Traditional Alley. Unlike most other spots, you can reserve lanes in 15-minute increments, perfect for the single bowler looking to squeeze in a few quick games. If it weren’t attached to the alley, Rab’s High Roller Lounge would still be worth a visit in its own right.
If you live in NYC’s Staten Island and you love bowling, these days there aren’t many venues around. While once there were 11 local bowling alleys, today there are only two. One of them is Rab’s Country Lanes. Rab’s is a locally-owned neighborhood bowling alley that was established more than 20 years ago by Rab Wilkinson.
Rab got his start in the bowling business when he landed a job as a pinboy at a NYC bowling alley. Spending his days manually resetting bowling pins, clearing fallen pins, and returning balls to players, Rab dreamed that one day he’d own his own place. In 1995 that dream finally came true.
Rab’s has always been on the cutting-edge. “We were one of the first businesses in Staten Island to have a website—ours goes back to 1997.” Today Rab’s website is a big part of its success. “More than ever, people are heading online to find what they need. Our website ensures they can learn everything they need to know about us.”
There’s a reason why bowling is a favorite with kids and parents—it’s challenging enough for adults, yet easy enough for little ones to try. Plus, you can often find a bowling alley in your neighborhood! If you’re in Staten Island (or willing to take a trip across the water), we recommend Rab’s Country Lanes, a new Mommy Nearest partner. Located on Hylan Boulevard, Rab’s has been a fave in the Dongan Hills community for more than 20 years (they were even named one of the top 50 small businesses in New York City by 1010 Wins in 2015).
We’re honored to be nominated for a Best of the Boroughs Recognition by DotNYC! Show your love for us by showing your support with a VOTE for Rab’s, your favorite entertainment destination on #StatenIsland! NYC Best of the Boroughs celebrates the local businesses, organizations and community individuals that make our city, and each borough, a unique place to live!
60 bowlers participated in the Dom LaBargo Bowl-a-Thon at Rab’s Country Lanes on Sunday.
Some of the bowlers has more experience thatn other in knocking down pins but all said giving back to the community was right up their alley.
Trying to beat the heat in the city while also bonding with the fam? Bowling is your answer. While it’s challenging enough for the older members, it’s also easy enough for the smallest of athletes to try. We’ve gathered all the best alleys here in the city to roll spares, strikes, gutter balls and everything in between. And after the game is over, we say winner gets to celebrate their victory in a sweet way at one of these ice cream shops!
“Rab’s Country Lanes in Staten Island will bring back childhood memories with their vintage, yet modern design and down home customer service…”
The North Shore Rotary Club hosted its annual Bowl-A-Thon Sunday at Rab’s Country Lanes.
It’s where dozens of bowlers hit the lanes to support the borough’s autism community.
Most of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to local families affected by the developmental disorder.
A popular intersection in Duggan Hills now has its identity back.
The street signs at Delaware Avenue and Hylan Boulevard have been replaced after being taken down last April.
They were removed for utility pole work by the Department of Transportation.
One of the signs removed was named after Rab Wilkinson, the late owner of the popular bowling alley, Rab’s Country Lanes.
Rab’s son and current owner, Frank Wilkinson, is most happy to see his father’s name back where it belongs.
Employees at Rab’s Country Lanes are pressing the Department of Transportation for answers about the missing street signs. However, it’s about more than the traffic signs. NY1’s Lindsay Tuchman filed the following report.
Rab’s Country Lanes is a popular bowling spot in Dongan Hills, located on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Hylan Boulevard. However, you might not realize due to the lack of street signs.
But his commitment to customer service is only matched by his desire to help those in need.
“I’ve been fortunate in my business,” said Laursen. “At a certain time, as time allots for you, to just give back to the community in whatever you do,” said Laursen.
Laursen is the owner of Country Awards and Trophy Center located inside Rab’s Country Lanes.