Gowanus shuffleboard club to launch mahjong league

Game of crones: Gowanus shuffleboard club to launch mahjong league

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This isn’t your grandmother’s game night — or is it?

Starting March 31, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus is adding the Chinese tile game mahjong to its roster of typically old-timey activities — but first, the owners have to figure out how to play.

“It’ll be like, ‘Okay, can somebody read the directions off the box?’” said club co-owner Ashley Albert. “It’s this mysterious game that we all watched our grandmothers play in Florida.”

Albert recently posted an announcement on the shuffleboard club’s Facebook page about the possibility of starting a Monday night mahjong league and fielded about 90 enthusiastic responses. Her Floridian grandmother used to play the game — in which three or four players try to get the highest combination of tiles — four times a week, but Albert never learned herself.

“I remember just playing with the tiles and just not knowing what I was doing,” she said.

The club, which will charge $10 per player, has put an advertisement on Craigslist for a mahjong teacher — without much luck so far. But Albert is confident that she can coach the masses if need be, even if she has to rely on YouTube tutorial videos to school herself first.

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, which has been open since late January, seems to specialize in games that are popular with the elderly — in addition to the eponymous cruise-ship amusement, it recent added a weekly bingo night on Wednesdays.

With these kinds of events, the massive playhouse is becoming the go-to watering hole in Gowanus that the owners hoped it would be, Albert gushed.

“It’s so fun to see people who grew up in the neighborhood, so it’s not just new residents,” she said. “We’re adding something to the neighborho­od.”

Mahjong at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club [514 Union St. between Nevins Street and Third Avenue in Gowanus, (347) 223–4410,]. Monday nights starting March 31.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

early bird from hipsterland says:
In before pathetic dh rant about everything that causes him to live in his mom's basement.
March 20, 2014, 12:32 am
diehipster from Hurting Haydens says:

So lets get this straight - you purposely commented at 1:32am to beat a pathetic, knuckle dragging, living-in-moms-basement loser to the punch? YOU GO BOY! GOOD JOB! YOU SIR ARE A HIGH RANKING HIPSTER!

Anyway, more looooooook atttt meeeeeee behavior from the infinite leisure time crowd.

"Hmmm, what can we do to be extra zany on our Brooklyn playcation?? I know! Let's play mahjong (we'll learn as we go) prior to shuffle boarding near a gritty toxic canal!!! Like yaaaaaah! Nobody will 'out-zanify' us now! Pass my $10 cocktail Prudence. Thank you."

Remember kids: There's no such thing as hipsters. Nope. Nuh-uh.
March 20, 2014, 6:11 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
I think the cocktails are more than $10. Maybe if you applied yourself at a job or learned how to monitize your website, you could afford one or two.
March 20, 2014, 7:34 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
"Ashley Albert". Now there's a pretentious name.
March 20, 2014, 8:47 am
ty from pps says:
Seriously, Brooklyn Paper... So, a crazy person landed her SUV *onto* a Q-train yesterday morning and fled the scene... the car was ON TOP of the train. And all you guys can come up with is more diehipster bait?
March 20, 2014, 8:52 am
cryhipster from Humping Haydens says:
Great! Another fun thing I can't afford.
C'mon BK paper, isnt there a skelly game tourniment going on that i can get in on?!?!?!
March 20, 2014, 8:57 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
My grandmother and her friends in Manhattan Beach played mahjong all the time. Never crossed their mind to make a big deal out of it or even mention it at all to anybody not in their group of players.

Guess that is the difference between playing it because they enjoyed it, as opposed to playing for attention and to be ironic.
March 20, 2014, 12:39 pm
↑↑↑↑↑Cool story BRO↑↑↑↑↑
March 20, 2014, 3:02 pm
Steve from Midwood says:
So.... They are looking to set up a Mah Jong league but no one running this place knows how to play it? Lol
March 20, 2014, 5:11 pm
pookie da lion from slip slope says:
two crack - three band
March 20, 2014, 9:30 pm
catty from gowanus says:
cultural appropriation much?
March 21, 2014, 12:49 pm
Jim from Carroll Gardens says:
I give this place about one year before it closes.
March 24, 2014, 2:46 am

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