Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
Baldwin Bowl sets pins up, competitors knock them down, and the pin-pummeling process repeats itself seven days a week and until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Forty-inch LCD scoring monitors perched above each lane are just one of a recent string of facility renovations and outside, a spacious parking lot plays host to cars and victory dances that quickly dissolve into victory mosh pits. A 66-foot movie screen broadcasts images across the alley, and the full-service snack bar and lounge fills stomachs with fresh-from-the-oven pizza slices. Baldwin Bowl also offers party packages and league play.
For more than 50 years bowlers have slung three-holed boulders down Massapequa Bowl's 30 shiny lanes. As automated scoring tallies up their points, bowlers chat across coffee tables, while seated in plush couches and feasting on beer and pizza. Elsewhere, an arcade and stuffed animal-building station, draws kids in for parties replete with a rainbow colored candy bar. Visitors can also get their competitive edges sharpened flinging darts during South Nassau Darts Associations darts leagues.
Since 1957, this friendly, family-oriented fun center has played host to wholly wholesome fun. Today, the newly renovated alley boasts top-notch lanes with mounted flat-screen LCD monitors, a spruced-up snack and slurp bar, fresh coats of colorful paint, a full-service pro shop, and more. Before you saunter up to throw your first ball, but after you secure your lucky ostrich neatly between your toes, guide your footsies into a pair of stylish bowling shoes ($4 rental value). In between frames, refuel your energy tank with a frothy brew from the bar or let one of the alley's sumptuous seats sing a lullaby from Rocky to your resting limbs.
Gleaning attention from media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN Radio, and the Washington Post, not to mention endorsements from major-league players such as Mariano Rivera, Manny Ramirez, and Mike Bordick, Frozen Ropes has gained a nationwide reputation thanks largely to its unique training model. Coaches from all baseball and softball backgrounds integrate instructional elements ranging from basic strength conditioning to biomechanics and sports psychology, helping students build their skills the same way dentists do—through a scientific approach to relentless drilling. Since 1989, the program has been used to help novices and professional-level players produce more of the company's namesake, the “frozen rope”—slang for a hard-hit line drive or a strong throw. At each of the company's nationwide facilities, instructors must complete Frozen Ropes' comprehensive curriculum—including hours of classroom instruction, shadowing, and mock lessons—before they can even begin teaching students the proper way to eat sunflower seeds.
Brightly colored pennants embellish the ceiling at Port Jeff Bowl, but bowling skills demonstrated in the lanes below are what attract attention. Players hurl balls toward pins for fun or team up with peers to play in one of many leagues, divided by age and whether or not a player is tall enough to ride a roller coaster. On Tuesday nights from 9:30 to midnight, athletes enjoy an unlimited amount of fun during Bottomless Bowling. And after hours spent satiating competitive impulses built up over years of being benched during tag, patrons can quench thirsts and appetites with a beer and bite at Splitz Sports Bar. The alley also hosts parties and private events for up to 200 guests, which lets partygoers pair play with pizza, soda, or buffet fare in the 11th Frame Lounge.
When combined, the thunderous rolling of balls, clattering of pins, and whip-like clashing of high-fives form the soundtrack for Maple Family Centers' string of family-owned alleys. Open seven days per week, each emporium's array of slicked lanes host everything from youth programs and leagues to birthday parties as competitors of all ages duel with or without bumpers. During cosmic bowling on weekend nights, Maple Family Centers honors the sport's discothèque origins with glowing lanes and thumping tunes. A full menu of pub fare re-energizes fatigued fingers, and on-site pro shops help improve players' games by providing the latest equipment or fitting older balls with new prescription glasses.