Splitsville Splits with Essex Crossing, Brooklyn’s ‘Gutter’ is the New Bowling Alley

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Three years after Splitsville Lanes was selected for a basement bowling alley at Essex Crossing, the luxury bowling concept hit the proverbial gutter and nixed those plans. In its place, the Brooklyn-based alley dubbed The Gutter.

The Gutter, with locations in Williamsburg and Long Island City, was approached by Essex Crossing developers for Site 1 at 242 Broome Street. Since Splitsville had no experience operating in New York City, they asked to partner with a local business. During this interim process – which briefly included an appearance on the Community Board 3 agenda for a liquor license – Splitsville split from the project altogether and the Gutter moved in.

The Lower East Side iteration of the Gutter will be a 12-lane establishment occupying roughly 17,000 square-feet on the lower level of the fourteen-story condo building. Entrance is on Essex Street, where customers walk into a 500 square-foot lobby that leads downstairs to the main event. It’ll reportedly sport a “mid-America/mid-Century basement feel” with all-wood lanes. Like its other two locations, materials will be sourced from an as-yet-unknown shuttered bowling alley. Plans also call for a full restaurant and kitchen setup that serves Neopolitan-style pizza, as well as hosting live shows (although ownership denies it’ll become a music venue).

The Gutter opened on N. 14th Street back in 2007, two years before the advent of Brooklyn Bowl. Since then, they’ve positioned themselves as a cheaper, more approachable alternative. Gothamist even called them one of the eight best bowling alleys in the city in a 2014 story.

The new bowling alley should open sometime in November, assuming the permiting and build-out goes to plan.

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