The First Bowling Alley on the Lower East Side Opens Tomorrow at Essex Crossing
The day has finally come. Starting tomorrow afternoon, the Lower East Side will boast a bowling alley at Essex Crossing.
The Gutter L.E.S., the area offshoot of the Long Island City original, is opening in the basement of the condoplex at 242 Broome Street. As part of the operation, the bowling alley will have above-ground outdoor dining on the Ludlow Street side of the building. Hours of operation are noon to 11:00pm daily, with a grand opening event on October 1.
The 12-lane bowling alley occupies roughly 17,000 square-feet on the lower level of the fourteen-story development at Site 1. Entrance is on Essex Street, where customers walk into a 500 square-foot lobby that leads downstairs to the main event. It sports a retro “mid-America/mid-Century basement feel” with all-wood lanes, and a 100-foot bar. Like its other locations, materials were sourced from an as-yet-unknown shuttered bowling alley.
This is a long time coming, for sure. Plans for a bowling alley here first came to light nearly six years ago. The first tenant was to be Splitsville, which split from the development back in 2018.
The Gutter teased an “imminent” opening last March, but then coronavirus hit and stymied those plans.
With the pandemic in mind, and now that it’s built, will they come?