Finding love on the lanes

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Talk about a lucky strike.

Williamsburg hopefuls looking to find the perfect partner are hooking up at a new singles bowling league that hits the lanes every Wednesday beginning on Jan. 18 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Singles Social Sports’s Jake Reuben started the winter league after launching a wildly successful softball league in McCarren Park two years ago, which has helped more than 500 players couple up last summer.

“We’re switching from small balls to big balls,” said Reuben. “We wanted to find a winter league that was a lot of fun and easy for everyone to play, and that’s bowling.”

The league consists of roughly 100 members divided into teams of eight players each, with four boys and four girls matching up over seven weeks — plenty of time to pin down a potential mate.

Each player will have an assigned handicap based on scoring from the first week, so it won’t matter whether you’re a kingpin or a gutterballer.

But Reuben says don’t sweat over trying to roll strikes every time or you’ll miss impressing your new crush; just remember to keep your socks clean and dry.

“You should make sure your socks look really cool,” said Reuben. “Socks are important in bowling.”

And even if you don’t meet your next date, the league’s $100 fee includes free admission to Brooklyn Bowl, which hosts some of the neighborhood’s hottest concerts, and pitcher specials through March.

But some bowlers are joining the league to prove who has the best balls in Brooklyn.

“Bowling shoes are so in nowadays, and kickball was so last year,” said Jose, a Single Social member who didn’t give his last name. “I’m looking forward to embarrassing escapades and stage diving.”

Rack ‘em up!

Single Social Sports Wednesday Night Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Street, Williamsburg (718) 963-3369] Wednesdays starting on Jan. 18. For info, visit

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:29 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

WW from Bay Ridge says:
Stay away from the guys who hang around the alley, or you'll wind up in the gutter.
Jan. 16, 2012, 1:37 pm
pizza from da slope says:
Is that Mark Zuckerberg ?
Jan. 16, 2012, 9:53 pm
jinx from bk says:
he's only got one big blue ball for her, ew
Jan. 17, 2012, 8:44 pm

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