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(Huffington Post)   Things you find when cleaning out the basement of a building you just bought: boxes of junk, garbage, a hidden Prohibition-era bowling alley from a forgotten speak-easy club, dead mice ... wait, wut?   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2009-12-02 03:57:19 PM  
Coolest article all day.
 
2009-12-02 04:02:44 PM  
Awesome.

+1
 
2009-12-02 04:15:14 PM  
Bah, Simpsons did it already.

/Alright, who ordered the bathtub mint jullip?
 
2009-12-02 04:16:24 PM  
Awesome.

The rest of his site is great, too: ScoutingNY (new window)
 
2009-12-02 04:21:45 PM  
Well, ya don't see that every day.
 
2009-12-02 04:44:42 PM  
I love this kind of urban archaeology.
 
2009-12-02 04:49:15 PM  
Very cool.
 
2009-12-02 05:49:08 PM  
What a wonderful find.

+1
 
2009-12-02 07:01:37 PM  
It seems quite abundantly clear
From what we are witnessing here:
When knocking down pins
For shiats and for grins,
It always goes better with beer.
 
2009-12-02 07:20:11 PM  
Once I was helping a buddy of mine clean out his garage and we found a seamonkey circus and we cleaned it out and we bought some more little packets of the eggs and shiat and set it up. It was awesome and they all grew up fast and did tricks and stuff. All his neighbor kids came over and saw it and one of them said "Hey you know that thing was made by a Nazi, right?" So I took him to his parents house and made up some shiat about the kid throwing rocks at black people so they'd scream at him. But seriously, I thought that kid was full of shiat but I looked it up on the wikipedia, and that little bastard was right. Anyhow, long story short, we fed the sea monkeys to a cat and then we burned it with cigarettes then threw it in a river just to show Hitler who's boss. That guy was a dick.
 
2009-12-02 07:41:31 PM  
I got a rock.

:-/

/hell of a find, subby!
//+1
 
2009-12-02 07:46:37 PM  
I was a pinsetter in a Prohibition-era bowling alley, so I really got a kick out of the article.

/Nice find, subby
 
2009-12-02 07:46:51 PM  
I assume that's the one you meant even though it wasn't literally the last thing I've said when you said "wait, wut?" -- Clearly it was the most unusual.
 
2009-12-02 07:48:15 PM  
Does it go to Moe's Tavern?
 
2009-12-02 07:48:31 PM  
I once explored an abandoned mansion.

In the basement in had a bowling alley very similar to what's in this article, but it also had an archery room...

I only wish I would have had a camcorder at that time, but those didn't really exist yet and there's no way I could afford a 8mm back then.
 
2009-12-02 07:51:44 PM  
This isn't a very happy birthday for Rex Banner.
 
2009-12-02 07:51:51 PM  
DRAIIIIIIINAGE!!!!!
 
2009-12-02 07:52:57 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Bah, Simpsons did it already.

/Alright, who ordered the bathtub mint jullip?


I want a bathtub 12-year old scotch, please.
 
2009-12-02 07:53:04 PM  
Wow. That is really cool.

If I had found that, I would spend as much as I had to in an effort to completely renovate it. I bet there are a lot of people who would want to be a part of that.
 
2009-12-02 07:53:50 PM  
I'm glad that they repealed prohibition and finally allowed people to legally start bowling again.
 
2009-12-02 07:55:22 PM  
Look around a little more Geraldo,
I think Daniel Plainview is riiiiight over there.
 
2009-12-02 07:55:36 PM  
I would like to bowling at those bowling lanes
drink a few beers
bowl a few frames
 
2009-12-02 07:56:31 PM  
That's s funny bullwinkl! It reminds me of the time that this kid in my neighborhood had some seamonkeys. Man, those things did some neat tricks. The neighborhood kids were all so mean though, throwing rocks at black people and stuff... my parents always yelled at me about the weirdest stuff back then, too.
 
2009-12-02 07:59:13 PM  

bullwinkl: Once I was helping a buddy of mine clean out his garage and we found a seamonkey circus and we cleaned it out and we bought some more little packets of the eggs and shiat and set it up. It was awesome and they all grew up fast and did tricks and stuff. All his neighbor kids came over and saw it and one of them said "Hey you know that thing was made by a Nazi, right?" So I took him to his parents house and made up some shiat about the kid throwing rocks at black people so they'd scream at him. But seriously, I thought that kid was full of shiat but I looked it up on the wikipedia, and that little bastard was right. Anyhow, long story short, we fed the sea monkeys to a cat and then we burned it with cigarettes then threw it in a river just to show Hitler who's boss. That guy was a dick.


You, sir, write some great shiat.
 
2009-12-02 07:59:13 PM  
Why was bowling prohibited?
 
2009-12-02 07:59:43 PM  
skinink: DRAIIIIIIINAGE!!!!!

... I'm finished!
 
2009-12-02 08:02:53 PM  
Duck pins?
 
2009-12-02 08:04:17 PM  

SeamusFerrell: Why was bowling prohibited?


Fat people were forbidden during the great war so that the troops could get their rations. Well, the Kaiser fell, but the law hung around.
 
2009-12-02 08:04:40 PM  
Listen, rummy, I'm gonna say it plain and simple. Where'd you pinch the hooch? Is some blind tiger jerking suds on the side?
 
2009-12-02 08:05:22 PM  
I love hidden history like this, if the guy doesn't get any takers he should look into reopening it, it'd be a good gimmick bar/tourist attraction. Can you imagine how much he could charge for a round of bowling?
 
2009-12-02 08:06:17 PM  

SeamusFerrell: Why was bowling prohibited?


Volleyball deaths.
 
2009-12-02 08:08:05 PM  

SeamusFerrell: Why was bowling prohibited?


Because of the skin heads.
 
2009-12-02 08:12:09 PM  

bullwinkl: Once I was helping a buddy of mine clean out his garage and we found a seamonkey circus and we cleaned it out and we bought some more little packets of the eggs and shiat and set it up. It was awesome and they all grew up fast and did tricks and stuff. All his neighbor kids came over and saw it and one of them said "Hey you know that thing was made by a Nazi, right?" So I took him to his parents house and made up some shiat about the kid throwing rocks at black people so they'd scream at him. But seriously, I thought that kid was full of shiat but I looked it up on the wikipedia, and that little bastard was right. Anyhow, long story short, we fed the sea monkeys to a cat and then we burned it with cigarettes then threw it in a river just to show Hitler who's boss. That guy was a dick.


Why do you hate cats?
 
2009-12-02 08:12:48 PM  
I wouldn't think this was the best activity to do in a secret underground club, but who am I to judge?
 
2009-12-02 08:16:58 PM  
I wonder if crack houses will hold the same appeal 50 years from now?
 
2009-12-02 08:18:10 PM  
When my dad cleaned out the basement of his new building all he found was the blood stain where the previous tenant was murdered. A bowling alley is much cooler.

/although our basement was great place to tell ghost stories
 
2009-12-02 08:18:28 PM  
The dude abides.
 
2009-12-02 08:18:47 PM  
It may have been built by a progreesive minded factory owner to entertain his workers rather than as a speakeasy.
 
2009-12-02 08:21:30 PM  
I have you now, One Eyed Willie!
 
2009-12-02 08:22:02 PM  
Looks like ye ole Galaxie club in the Ridgewood section in Queens. Not the same space, but nearly identical layout. The old owners said the said space was beforehand in the 70's and old Elks club. Before then, who knows. It also was a two lane manual bowling lane in the basement of a former industrial space (before becoming an Elks club). Fun spot, but it's hard to get people to come out to Queens when it's not near the subway.

/bro...story...cool...etc....
 
2009-12-02 08:26:03 PM  
Eh, the alley was buried under boxes. The room was known.

Seattle Underground is cooler.
 
2009-12-02 08:28:20 PM  
So you wanna be a boxer? Tell me just one thing ...
 
2009-12-02 08:30:07 PM  
Bowling was only prohibited on shabbos.
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2009-12-02 08:33:51 PM  

fappomatic: SeamusFerrell: Why was bowling prohibited?

Volleyball deaths.


Nobody died from Volleyball. Our nation's only volleyball hit Lisa in the head. Team, that was our only volleyball ...
 
2009-12-02 08:36:40 PM  
Did they find Geraldo Rivera when they investigated the scene?
 
2009-12-02 08:40:03 PM  
"Shut the fark up, Donny!"
 
2009-12-02 08:40:34 PM  

howdoibegin: fappomatic: SeamusFerrell: Why was bowling prohibited?

Volleyball deaths.

Nobody died from Volleyball. Our nation's only volleyball hit Lisa in the head. Team, that was our only volleyball ...


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/"You mean those leagues where parents push their kids into
vicious competition to compensate for their own failed dreams
of glory?"
 
2009-12-02 08:40:45 PM  
...that was close. I almost clicked a huffpo link.
 
2009-12-02 08:41:29 PM  

SeamusFerrell: Why was bowling prohibited?


cuz it leads to fornication.
 
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