Lucky Strike bowling alley rolling out at One River Place

By Charles Lyons | December 22, 2007 11:58AM

After a seven-year vacancy, the 40,000 square-foot retail space under
One River Place has finally found a tenant — Lucky Strike
Entertainment.

The lease for the Hell’s Kitchen spot at 12th Avenue and 42nd Street
was signed earlier this month, and Lucky Strike plans to be open for
business in the fall of 2008.

New York real-estate mogul Larry Silverstein completed 40-story,
921-unit rental apartment tower in 2000. The Costas Kondylis-designed
building was fully occupied by 2003, while the 40,000 square feet of
ground floor retail space languished.

The retail space faces the West Side Drive, the Circle Line ferry and the Hudson River.

Lucky Strike said it plans to open a massive entertainment complex. The
space will include state-of-the art bowling lanes; a bowling lounge and
eatery, with dining available at all lanes; high-resolution video
screens to showcase artwork of emerging artists; and a private party
area called Lucky Strike Luxe.

“We are ecstatic to open in Manhattan,” said Dolf Berle, president of Lucky Strike Entertainment, in a statement.

“I was not worried at all that the space was vacant for so long,” CEO
Steven Foster said. “That space was waiting for Lucky Strike Lanes.”

Silverstein originally purchased the property back in 1980. In October,
the developer broke ground on companion project, Silver Towers at River
Place. The two 60-story residential towers will have 1,359 rental units
and will be connected by a six-story base at 600 West 42nd Street.

“The fact that a second tower is going up shows more development on the
West Side and that is very exciting to us,” Foster said.