STATEN ISLAND N.Y. — Jim Kane, the head mechanic at Rab’s Country Lanes, will tell you that the culture of bowling has changed since he began his career, but the machines he works on every day have not.
“Bowling centers are closing all over the place,” said Kane. “But when you have a high populous area like Staten Island, it’s still pretty good for bowling.”
Staten Island bowlers got an early Christmas gift Wednesday when the Wilkinson family of Rab’s Country Lanes announced it has signed a lease extension with the building’s owner through 2030, ensuring that bowling will continue to be an integral part of the community for years to come.
Country Lanes in Dongan Hills is one of only two bowling centers on the Island. The other is Showplace Entertainment Center in Travis.
Great service! Very helpful. Was bowling with two 2 year-olds. Have shoes to fit everyone. Food is good also. Great family night out.
– Mary C.
DONGAN HILLS — It doesn’t matter your skill level or experience, bowling is one of those sports that appeals to any generation.
Whether you’re bowling for the first time or you’ve lost track of the countless frames you’ve bowled, more and more people are heading to their local bowling alleys.
The bowling alley still lodged in your childhood memories has probably changed a bit over the years, if it even exists at all. Though bowling is still one of America’s favorite non-sport sports, alleys have gotten swankier over the years, doubling as lounges and nightclubs for partiers who prefer to pair their fancy drinking with some sort of athletic activity. Unfortunately, some classic lanes have also been forced to close—longstanding alley Bowlmor Lanes abandoned its University Place spot in July, for instance, and Brooklyn favorite Maple Lanes closed last year. Luckily, there are still a few great alleys left, including old school offerings and newer, shinier installations. Here are our favorites; we know you’ll leave yours in the comments.
It’s February, and if cabin fever hasn’t set in by now, you’re probably reading this from a warmer climate.
The problem with winter in the Northeast for many — at least if you prefer any outdoor sport but skiing — is that the bats, balls, rackets, clubs and cleats most likely remain in the closet. But if you’re itchin’ for some exercise and fun with your family, you should try open bowling.
A bumper system allows adults, kids and double-digit bowlers to all play on the same lane. We like the in-house pizzeria (owned by Gennaro’s), the on-site pro shop, the High Roller Lounge’s pool tables and darts, and the 100-ounce beer tube for $22.
Deals: The $50 Fun Pack includes shoe rental, an hour and a half of bowling, a whole pizza and a pitcher of soda for up to four people.