Skip to Content

One (Last?) Night at Whitestone Lanes

12:07 PM EDT on June 30, 2023

An exterior shot of Whitestone Lanes.

(Hell Gate)

Classic bowling alleys are an endangered species in New York City. You know: the ones with faded pastel color schemes on the walls and beige seating and nachos with round chips and someone yelling over the loudspeaker that your lane is ready.

In mid-June, the Daily News reported that one of these precious third spaces, Whitestone Lanes, would be shutting down in the fall. Apparently the owner had filed paperwork with the City to demolish the bowling alley and replace it with 400 units of housing. "The bowling alley has reached the end of its useful lifespan," the paperwork stated.

So this week, Hell Gate ventured out to northeast Queens, past LaGuardia Airport, past Citi Field, to Whitestone Lanes, to talk to bowlers about how they were taking the news. (Some of employees of Whitestone Lanes don't seem to think the housing plan is a done deal...)

On the second half of the podcast, you'll hear Hell Gate writer/editor Adlan Jackson in conversation with Screen Slate editor-in-chief John Dieringer, about New York City's role in independent cinema over the years, and which trashy B-movies you should be watching this summer.

New episodes of the podcast usually come out on Fridays, but we're taking a break for the summer. We'll be back in the fall!

To ensure that you don't miss a moment of audio bliss: subscribe to the Hell Gate Podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, or wherever you normally consume podcasts.

Drop us a line and tell us what you think of this week's episode. If you enjoy the podcast, give us a five-star rating and tell your friends about it—and please subscribe to Hell Gate so we can make more!

Already a user?Log in

Thanks for reading!

Give us your email address to keep reading two more articles for free

Subscribe to Hell Gate for just 69 cents!

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Hell Gate

In Another Secret Court Hearing, Adams Administration Again Asks to Wriggle Out of Right-to-Shelter Duties

And after a closed-door court conference on Tuesday, the presiding judge mysteriously recused herself from the case.

September 26, 2023

NYC’s Biggest Nonprofit Newsrooms Face Massive Layoffs, Salary Cuts

Mismanagement, flagging ad revenue, and waffling megadonors leave journalists paying the price.

September 26, 2023

New York’s Finest: Automate This

The NYPD robots are stupid and creepy, but at least a robot can't steal its ex-wife's car keys.

September 26, 2023

Eric Adams, Freemason

Nothing like some fraternity on a Tuesday.

September 26, 2023

They Want to Clean Up Their Block. The NYPD Won’t Give Them a Permit.

“There’s been violence, and I’m not comfortable shutting down any street in that neighborhood for a block party,” a local cop told the neighborhood group.

September 25, 2023
See all posts