Sunday, January 3, 2010

Supper clubs and speakeasies

The buyers of a building in Queens, New York, that was once a small garment factory found a surprise in the basement. After clearing away countless boxes of junk, they found a 2-lane bowling alley (photos above)! They researched the property, which has numerous entrances and exits, and concluded that it was once a speakeasy during Prohibition (1920-1932), with bowling available to entertain the patrons. The lanes have shallow gutters and wood panels at the end to keep the balls from straying, and the lane on the right still has a hanging cushion that was used to stop the ball. The pins would have been set up by hand.

A little more than a week later in December, the weird news was that a bird-shaped restaurant was up for auction - and the chunks of petrified wood (weighing up to 200lbs) that adorned one of the walls were being sold separately. The Gobbler Supper Club - opened in 1969 by an eccentric turkey farmer in Johnson City, Wisconsin - featured a rotating bar, pink and purple shag-carpeted walls, and an elevated dance floor dubbed "The Roost." More than 200 of the original purple lounge chairs are included in the deal, as are a few dozen listening devices that were installed throughout the facility by the original owner so he could eavesdrop on his employees.

Who knows what secrets these 2 locations have kept!

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