Harlem Lanes Closes its Doors
Coming on the heels of the closing of Hue Man Bookstore, Harlem Lanes, just a few blocks away, announced it will close its doors this weekend. According to General Manager Calvin Mumford this is due to increasing rents for the space on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 126th Street and the slow summer season.
Harlem Lanes was the first bowling alley in the country owned by black women and the first bowling alley in Harlem in three decades. It opened its doors in 2006 through the William J. Clinton Foundation Urban Initiative, with the intention of becoming the premiere family fun place uptown. Patrons could bowl while listening to some really great music.
Friday August 3, 2012 will be the last day at Harlem Lanes. Owners Sharon Joseph and Gail Richards are encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy one last game. Harlem Lanes Radio hosted by Dj’s Big Les and Kendu Aytch of World Alliance Records will continue the tunes from Harlem Lanes online.