A month after Woodhaven Lanes closed, the former bowling alley in Glendale sits vacant, its equipment removed, its block-letter signs discarded and its fate uncertain after five decades of strikes and spares.
Fans of Woodhaven Lanes push for landmark status
But preservation-minded locals are pushing the city to save the brick building - host to a national TV game show in 1959 and 1960 - by making it the first bowling alley landmark in the five boroughs.
To evaluate its merit, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will visit the alley, research its history and expedite the process if demolition is near, said spokeswoman Lisi de Bourbon.
This is very interesting. Everything that's actually historical or architecturally significant in Queens gets one of those "go away" letters from LPC. A non-descript boxy brick bowling alley (remember, only exteriors of buildings are designated and the interior was ripped out already) has the commissioners running out to Queens to take a closer look at it. This commission is a complete joke.