Bowlers get final frames in before Farmingdale Lanes shutters due to pandemic strain
A Farmingdale bowling alley is closing its doors for good because it couldn't bounce back from the pandemic.
Bowlers will have their last chance to roll a strike at Farmingdale Lanes Wednesday night.
The bowling alley, which has been around since at least the 1960s, will shut down because the owner says he can no longer make ends meet.
Joe LaSpina's family has owned the bowling alley since 2004, and he says they never fully recovered after being shut down for six months. On top of that, LaSpina says everything that makes bowling a blessing — turned out to be a curse during the pandemic.
“We bring strangers together, we bring communities together, we're indoors, we have lots of people in buildings – that's exactly what was bad for COVID,” LaSpina says. “This was the toughest 18 months we've ever suffered through.”
Families have one more day to get together and bowl a few frames. Many residents getting in their last games Tuesday night told News 12 they have come to the alley for many years with their families and friends.
Employees were all offered jobs at the family's other bowling alleys, which are in Coram, Rockville Centre and Queens.