Paradise Lanes

Paradise Lanes

  Name: Paradise Lanes  
  Address: 790 Yonkers Avenue  
  City: Yonkers  
  State: NY  
  Zip: 10704  
  Phone: (914) 969-2417  
  Lane Type:  
  Pro Shop: No  
  Food: None  
How Does Paradise Lanes Rate?
Votes:    20
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Food: Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4Actual Value is 2.4
Price: Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6
Fun: Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6
Overall: Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6Actual Value is 4.6
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Paradise Lanes Comments

Comment Date: 8/31/2013 Name: Stevie Wonder
What happened to you? I was just reading your posts.
Very interesting that you know so much about Inwood
but have an obsession about it. I know all that you do and more. Hung out there from the mid fifties on. So what’s the story with you?

Comment Date: 11/23/2012 Name: s*ck
this bowling alley s*cks a**

Comment Date: 4/8/2012 Name: old time ball driller
From time to time I read about the bowling centers in the area.I miss the old time bowling.My family had our own bowling center.After my father died I took over drilling the balls.Back in the days of rubber and plastic.People don’t understand the cost of running a center.How can a place stay open when years ago the leagues would run 36 weeks and down to 28-30 weeks now.Remember many bowlers would bowl 4 or 5 nights? Some would bowl 2nd shifts.You could never get a lane on sat night because bowlers always wanted to be better,so the bowled and bowled.Now the scores are going through the roof.Read the papers and see how many 300 games are being shot.With the bowling balls of today and the way the lanes are walled up with a light film of carry down and the back ends.Sorry to say 9 out of 10 bowlers are cry babies.It’s always the lanes not the bowler.Funny how cars break down ever day but if a bowling machine breaks look out.Now talk about Golf it’s going to happen the same way that bowling went down the tubes.Better clubs,balls,etc.Golfers cry the same way bowlers cry.

Comment Date: 5/22/2011 Name: Al Lowenthal
Hey John, next month will be 25 years since you took Inwood Lanes from us. Are you planning any memorials or tributes? I know I will be having a nice tribute.

Comment Date: 2/14/2011 Name: Al Lowenthal
SICKO? I don’t think so John. It was sick to close Inwood Lanes for nothing.

Comment Date: 2/5/2011 Name: Anonymous

Comment Date: 2/3/2011 Name: Anonymous
yes you are a creepy dude.

Comment Date: 1/12/2011 Name: Al Lowenthal
No John (aka Anonymous) I am not a pinchaser or a creepy, scary dude. I am just someone who tells it like it is about our beloved Inwood Lanes. The truth hurts, doesn’t it? How could you have just closed up like that before the deal with Columbia-Presbyterian was completed? Some businessman you are. You closed a great house with some great bowlers for a deal that ultimately fell through. If you owned a funeral home, nobody would die! I am pretty sure your Paradise Lanes will go by the way of the late, great Inwood Lanes in the very near future.

Comment Date: 1/10/2011 Name: Anonymous
maybe active in the bowling industry as a pinchaser…’re a scary, creepy dude.

Comment Date: 1/10/2011 Name: Al Lowenthal
Mr. Businessman I live quite nicely thank you. Haven’t lived in my mother’s basement since I was a teenager. I am also a business man and still active in the bowling industry. You probably have bowled in one of my houses!

Comment Date: 1/8/2011 Name: Businessman
I’m gonna take a giant leap and guess that the guy who calls himself “Al Lowenthal” really isn’t, and is somewhat of a stalker cretin who lives in his mother’s basement. JK, pay him no mind, as I am sure you don’t.

Comment Date: 12/1/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
John, I remember a conversation I had years ago with the owner of Fieldston Lanes the year after you lost Inwood Lanes. Although he was delighted to inherit some of your old leagues, even he said you didn’t have to close Inwood Lanes. Seems like you were the only one who thought you should.

Comment Date: 12/1/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
John I was wondering if you have any Inwood Lanes memorabilia that I may purchase for my upcoming launch of my new website..”Inwood Lanes: Gone And Always Forgotten”. I have stuff from my days there but I’m sure what you still have left is far more interesting. Oh, by the way, do you remember the old Academy Ballroom that was below our beloved Inwood Lanes?

Comment Date: 11/29/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
Hey John, I was at the old Inwood Lanes building the other day and do you know that the old lanes are still there intact? Pretty cool huh? I asked the maintenance guy there to show me the lanes and he pulled up a section of carpet, and there were the lanes! Still in great condition! I see a grand reopening somewhere down the line! Inwood Lanes may rise again!

Comment Date: 11/29/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
John, I read on one of the Inwood sites about Inwood Lanes that you said, “with great regret, I had to close the lanes.” Oh really? You were foaming at the mouth when Columbia Presbyterian offered you all that money to sell out. You couldn’t wait to put all those bowlers out in the street. Then the deal fell through LOL! As a businessman, you were a pretty good bowler!

Comment Date: 11/29/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
“…though it’s cold and empty in the Inwood night, I can see Paradise by the Inwood light”. lol

Comment Date: 11/29/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
Manhattan Lanes, Bowlarama, Dyckman Lanes, and Inwood Lanes. You were the last one left in Inwood John. Those places were all better than yours, yet you were still the last man standing. Until you took away our livelihood. Some way to treat “family”!

Comment Date: 11/1/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
How is Paradise John? How is the new fall season going so far? Too bad Inwood Lanes will never again floor another league. Oh well. At least we have the memories, isn’t that right John?

Comment Date: 8/5/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
I am curious as to why you didn’t rename this “The New Inwood Lanes”. Why is that, John?

Comment Date: 7/23/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
John, how were your days managing that AMF center in White Plains? Did you try to recreate the old Inwood Lanes atmosphere there as well? Must have been frustrating that you were at the mercy of AMF management. At least you didn’t have the power to sell out there like you sold out Inwood Lanes.

Comment Date: 7/22/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
Just checking in John. How is the shot holding up there? Do you think there is a possibility you may be “bought out” and close Paradise the way you did Inwood? Just wondering. That’s some prime real estate there and you’d make a killing selling the property. Then you could use that money and come back to Inwood and reopen Inwood Lanes. I have the perfect name for it too, Paradise at Inwood Lanes!

Comment Date: 7/21/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
You know John, Paradise kind of has that old Inwood Lanes smell. Makes you feel right at home I bet. I won’t drop names here. But close your eyes. The ghosts of Inwood bowlers past may be present. Perhaps you could hire me again as day manager. It would be like old times, save for Homer and Johnny Z. So what do you say John? Can I have my old job back?

Comment Date: 7/20/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
I have decided to start a page on the web dedicated to the memory of Inwood Lanes. Boy, do I have a lot of stories to share. I even have quite a photo collection that you would like, John. Perhaps you can contribute your own nostalgia to the page as well. Thanks John, may Inwood Lanes forever live on in our memories.

Comment Date: 7/19/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
John, I’d be interested in purchasing any Inwood Lanes memorabilia if you have any left. Maybe some old, now-useless scoresheets and pencils? Any obsolete 82-30 parts lying around? Too bad you can’t use them at Paradise.

Comment Date: 7/19/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
I am thinking of writing every day now John since you missed me so much. So how is life in Paradise? Business good for you? Are you flooring any second shift leagues? Are you making your shot easy? Don’t forget, you have to inflate those averages so they keep coming back.

Comment Date: 7/19/2010 Name: Al Lowenthal
Nice to know you missed me John. Were you thinking about the old Inwood Lanes days? Did you think about all those bowlers you left out in the cold with nowhere to go just so you could chase the almighty dollar? Guess that didn’t work out for you so well now did it?

Comment Date: 6/6/2010 Name: Anonymous
Miss you, Al. Please write again soon.

Comment Date: 9/18/2009 Name: Al Lowenthal
Hello John. I’m still around. Looking at some old score sheets from the Inwood Lanes days. Some good bowling back then. Won’t mention names, but some nice averages. How are you setting up the shot over at Paradise? Are you one of those who complain the shot s*cks after shooting 740?

Comment Date: 7/19/2009 Name: Al Lowenthal
I hear it’s not all paradise at Paradise Lanes. John, why don’t you come back to Inwood and reopen Inwood Lanes? You’d enjoy quite a monopoly in the area. The people of Inwood don’t want to take a subway to lower Manhattan or a bus to the Bronx to bowl. You could reoccupy the 3rd floor of the old building. By the way, how were the machines taken out of there, being on upper levels? The New Inwood Lanes, sounds good!

Comment Date: 4/7/2009 Name: Al Lowenthal
Hey there John. Went to the site of the old Inwood Lanes on Academy Street. Nothing special, just an old building housing some nondescript business. I got a chance to go into the uppermost level, you now, where lanes 9-16 used to be? Total emptiness, can still hear the pins falling, can still picture you bowling in the Inwood Horeshoe League. Made me wish I had brought my ball. Enjoy your Paradise Lanes.

Comment Date: 1/19/2009 Name: Al Lowenthal
I’m back John. I was at Paradise last week, and I asked for you. You weren’t there. Just wanted to talk shop and take a trip down memory lane with you. Maybe share some Inwood Lanes stories?

Comment Date: 11/9/2008 Name: Al Lowenthal
John, your silence is deafening. If you reply to my last two posts I will call you and let you know who I really am. We do know each other.

Comment Date: 8/12/2008 Name: Arnie
I agree with you that Joe maintaining that average at his age is remarkable. I probably could not average that high on the same conditions. let’s put him on one of the PBA shots, or one of the sport shot patterns. If he can average 200 on those patterns, then I will personally apologize to Joe.

Comment Date: 8/9/2008 Name: Anonymous
The point is, if the conditions of the pattern are the reason Joe C. at 79 has a 211 average, why don’t ALL the bowlers there ( 25, 30, 40, 50, years old etc., whose bodies should not be a factor) have the same high average…they bowl on the same conditions.

Comment Date: 7/28/2008 Name: Arnie
Not taking anything away from Joe’s accomplishment at age 79. Granted, your average 79 year old normally cannot average 211. But be real here, the forgiving conditions of the pattern is a main reason why he is able to maitain such an average. 79 years old is not the same as 39 years old. Your body cannot do certain things anymore at that age. Put him on a pattern where he has to put more wrist or power in the shot and then let’s see what he averages.

Comment Date: 7/24/2008 Name: Anonymous
Then everyone who bowls there (on the same pattern) with todays agressive balls, should average 211, correct? So are saying that Joe is no big deal at his age? Just wondering why you would need to post the previous comment.

Comment Date: 7/22/2008 Name: Arnie
Joe Cirillo is indeed a legend and was a great bowler in his prime. But the main reason he can average 211 at age 79 is the result of the pattern on the lanes, (adult bumper bowling,) and the aggresive ball in his hands.

Comment Date: 7/21/2008 Name: Al Lowenthal
John is purposely avoiding my past two comments because the truth hurts. As for upgrading the pinsetters, give me a break. Inwood Lanes had those crappy 82-30’s for years with no improvements or upgrades. Damn, he wouldn’t even upgrade to Tele-scores at Inwood. What’s he going to do now? Go to Brunswick GS series pinsetters or AMF 82-90 xl ? Don’t count on any of the above.

Comment Date: 7/16/2008 Name: DLO
Go to all the local houses and then compare them to Paradise. They Oil daily. They cost half of White plains. The staff is Great, Felix is good you just have to get to know him. John is usually in a cheery mood except for those comments that passed.
Maybe the Day the 210+ bowler came by Joe Cirillo wasn’t in his pro shop, who happens to be a legend and is now averaging 211 at the sweet age of 79 and has been running a pro shop before some of the other pro shop owners were born.
Lanes are in good condition, computers are easy and they are going to upgrade the pin machines.

Comment Date: 6/24/2008 Name: Al again
No Mr. Kourabas, I have too much to live for to even think about suicide. By the way, the one memory about Inwood Lanes that everyone remembers to this day is a negative one. Do you remember the time John O’Farrell bowled a 300 on I believe lanes 15 and 16, only to have it disallowed by the ABC because the lanes did not conform to ABC oil-dressing specs? I do, but instead choose to look back at the good memories,and there were many, until you killed any chance of remembering more. RIP Inwood Lanes.

Comment Date: 6/24/2008 Name: Al Lowenthal
Now John there is no need to get cranky. I guess the truth hurts, doesn’t it? You just lost what little respect I had left for you. Why did you REALLY have to close Inwood Lanes? You had the market cornered when Dyckman Bowl closed down. You had a great league in the Inwood Horseshoe and you had the only game in town. Then greed reared its ugly head and you left everyone out in the cold. The Inwood Horsehoe, a fixture for so many years, was forced to move to that dump Fieldston Lanes. A year later, the Inwood Horsehoe League was done. Now I know it’s all in the past and we should move on. Especially since you closed Inwood Lanes more than 20 years ago. But the fact remains that you killed people’s livelihoods, contributed to the demise of the neighborhood, and left many kids with nowhere else to go. All for the almighty dollar. Had you chose to stay open, you would be enjoying quite a monopoly in that area. I am sorry my past comments angered you, but I just had to get this off my chest. The sad part is that the second and third floors, which housed the bowling alley, are under-utilized by Columbia-Presbyterian. The third floor, lanes 9-16, are used to store junk. Thanks for the memories!

Comment Date: 6/18/2008 Name: JK
I just spoke to Al Lowenthal and of course he didn’t even know about this website. Whoever you are and I’m sure I know you, I feel sorry for you. Anyone who tries to discredit someone for no reason has to be a very troubled person as I am sure you are. Therapy may be in order or maybe even suicide. CREEP!!!!!

Comment Date: 6/12/2008 Name: Al Lowenthal
That was no lie John. I thought we were family too. You, me, Johnny Zenaitis, even Homer. But your closing Inwood left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth because it did not have to happen.I wish you the best of luck at Paradise. from what I hear, it is much better than Cross County ever was. I also am glad you still have your cronies there, Joe Cirillo, Lloyd Edmondson. Makes it feel like Inwood Lanes North. What was the REAL story behind the closing of Inwood Lanes?

Comment Date: 5/28/2008 Name: JK
It was Raceway when it first opened then became Harness Lanes and finally Cross County Lanes before I renamed it Paradise Lanes.

Comment Date: 5/28/2008 Name: JK
Al Lowenthal? I think not. For those of you who read these posts , Al Lowenthal was my day manager at Inwood Lanes and was like family to me. Al would never write a LIE about me losing Inwood Lanes. The place was closed because Columbia Presbyterian Hospital wanted to lease the entire building from my family so we thought it best that I get bought out. So who wrote this post? Care to come clean whoever you are? By the way if you like, you may reach me at 914-969-2417.
Shame on you.

Comment Date: 5/21/2008 Name: Al Lowenthal
This is the former Cross County Lanes.

Comment Date: 4/21/2008 Name: Dave Adams – Green Valley, AZ
Is this the old Raceway Lanes, then Harness Lanes?

Comment Date: 2/14/2008 Name: Al Lowenthal
Just hope John doesn’t lose this place the way he did when he owned Inwood Lanes.

Comment Date: 7/30/2007 Name: No
The food is halfway decent and some of the cashiers need an additude adjustment, but the place is a blast and getting better every day.

Comment Date: 3/29/2007 Name: ???
Great lanes! Try the Karaoke on weekend nights-lots of fun, friendly atmosphere. Desk people helpful, food & drinks good, lane conditions ok.

Comment Date: 10/20/2006 Name: Jim
I have been a 210+ average bowler for 20 years now, and have bowled almost everywhere exept paradise lanes up until a few weeks ago, I went for a practice session and could not believe how bad the lane condition was and the fact that they charged me $5.50 a game to bowl on a reverse block, the next week my son bowled in a tournament there and the lane conditions were a nightmare as well, I could have saved myself some money and just rolled the ball down the sidewalk, that being said, the snack bar had amazingly good food, the staff was more than friendly, he even carried my bag up those endless steps, I was impressed with that, the bar seemed ok, the pro shop was small and cluttered with all over, did not make me wanna spend money in there, the bathrooms were gross, and the whole place needed a good cleaning, it looks like they are trying but not hard enough, I don’t need to come back to this place anymore.

Comment Date: 10/5/2006 Name: Annie
This is a really nice, fun, family-oriented place. I have been coming here for years with my kids. The service is very good. The people are nice. The food is great. It is close to home and convenient. If you are looking for a nice place to spend time with the family, this is the place to go to.

Comment Date: 8/10/2006 Name: does it really matter?
This place is the place to bowl in. The owner is a real bowler and a person that has successfully managed the larger establishments in the area over the years. You can be sure to get great service. Oh and I must mention that the premier Pro Shop is located here..Joe Cirillo’s..need I say more??… Food is great. Bowling specials so you can practice your game at a super reasonable price! (screw you AMF!!!)The desk help is great. In fact anyone who has bowled in Westchester over the years will recognize some of the staff from Post Bowl. These reasons should make you WANT to support this house!

Comment Date: 7/14/2006 Name: Andrew
This bowling alley is old and not as “high tech” looking at the mega places like AMF White Plains. That being said this is a good place to bowl. The prices while not cheap are very fair. I recommend this place over it’s competitor in White Plains.

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