Original Bowlmor Location Loses Its Lease

by Bob Johnson 0

Condos will replace cocktails on the site of Bowlmor Lanes in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village.

The center — the first to be purchased by Tom Shannon of today’s Bowlmor AMF — closed on July 7 after the building’s landlord opted not to renew the lease. Dismantling of the lanes began shortly after the last ball was thrown… and another iconic bowling facility, this one dating back to 1938… is gone.

You can read more about Bowlmor’s closing in this New York Times report: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/nyregion/last-ball-rumbles-down-a-village-bowling-alley.html?_r=0

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.