It Looks Like Bowlmor Lanes is Headed to Essex Crossing [UPDATED]

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 am by

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Site 1 of Essex Crossing

Essex Crossing is getting a bowling alley. This much we learned last week, when the Delancey Street Associates consortium presented updated plans for Phase I of the overall project. Now we can reveal the operator. Sources close to the situation maintain that Bowlmor Lanes is the forthcoming ten-pin occupant, though our requests for confirmation have gone unanswered.

The new basement Bowlmor is to sit beneath the development planned for SPURA Site 1 at Broome and Ludlow Streets. What is now the municipal parking lot. As we’ve noted in the past, an annex of the Pittsburgh-based Warhol Museum is set to occupy the northern portion of the five-story base, and run through the whole block between Essex and Ludlow. The residential tower adds nine floors of luxury atop the podium and is the only dedicated condo building in the first phase of construction. In total, the SHoP-designed behemoth will rise fourteen stories and boast 55 condo units with an 80-20 mix of market rate and “affordable” respectively.

UPDATE: Bowlmor’s PR firm MWW denies the story, noting that it’s “not true.”

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Cross section of Essex Crossing, Site 1

Bowlmor debuted off Union Square in 1938, and was at the forefront of bowling for decades. The now-upscale brand eventually expanded to include fifteen locations across the country, but closed its marquee location last summer. Blame the filthy rich developers who are dropping a luxury condo tower there. And not even something modest, either. The replacement living quarters will rise 308 feet into the downtown sky. Before its demise, it was the oldest bowling center in Manhattan.

It’s inescapable at this point.

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