Locals hope to reopen Glendale bowling alley
by Heather Senison
Jan 12, 2012 | 1974 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A couple of Glendale residents are eyeing a rundown bowling alley on Myrtle Avenue and 72nd Street for renovation to be used by the community, which no longer has any nearby lanes.

However, Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano said unlike other community sports, bowling is usually expensive.

“I've been looking into it for some time,” said Rusty Valle, who is originally from Bushwick but moved to Maspeth and later to Glendale. “It's just a matter of getting the proper funding for it.”

Valle said he wants the alley to be a family-owned business, and is looking for investors with his brother, who is on a bowling team.

The bowling alley would bring jobs to the area and give families an opportunity to spend time together, he said. In addition, aside from the Shops at Atlas Mall and Forest Park, which is less inviting during the cold, winter months, there aren't a lot of activities for Glendale families to participate in.

Valle said he went to the Glendale bowling alley with his family when it was still open.

“I had a lot of fun when I went there,” he said.

He doesn't bowl anymore because he works long hours and there are no lanes close by..

“I could just walk down the block, get an hour in, have some fun,” Valle said.

Cindy Greaves, another Glendale resident who is working with Valle to seek interest in reopening the lanes, said the alley would provide something for kids to do after school, especially for the teenagers who are less interested in afterschool programs.

For example, kids could join teams at the alley, she said.

“I figured if it was open there would actually be something for them to do that would be fun for everybody,” Greaves said.

“I don't have a car so it would be even more accessible for those people who don't know how to commute to Flushing,” she added, mentioning the location of one of the bowling alleys left in Queens.

When asked about the closed-down lanes, Giordano said Glendale Bowl, also known as Glendale Bowling Alleys, used to be housed in the basement of the building at 71-47 Myrtle Avenue, according to an old phone book.

As for the idea to reopen the lanes, “if they can open a well-run bowling alley, it's terrific,” Giordano said.

He said although some of the local parishes have sports teams, young people would benefit from a new set of lanes, of which there are none in the CB5 jurisdiction.

“With something like that it's always hard to have enough,” he said.

However, “one issue with bowling, though is it can be fairly expensive,” Giordano warned. “Bowling by nature is going to cost money.”

He said sports teams that are not part of an organized league don't cost money to join, and those that are part of an organized league only have to cover referee fees and uniform costs.

Owners of a bowling alley have to pay rent, electric bills and other maintenance costs, which are covered by the price bowlers pay to play, Giordano said.

“Bowling, you're going to have to pay whether you're in an organized league or not,” he said, “because your indoors at a private facility.”

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