On a recent Thursday night, I sat around my kitchen table in my off-campus house with some friends. We’re a select niche of Iona College students staying in New Rochelle for the summer.
Happy that our respective jobs, internships and/or summer courses were approaching an end for the week, we wanted to go out and celebrate.
But what to do?
The local bars are pretty empty on a Thursday night when school is not in session. There were no exceptional movies out. We don’t have the funds to go out to a fancy dinner.
So I brought up an idea I’ve been trying to convince my friends—now seniors—to do since our freshman year: .
There was a mingled response. After wracking our brains for other plans for a little longer and coming up with nothing, we decided to go with bowling.
Walking into New Roc’n Bowl felt like a mixture of walking into a bowling alley and a nightclub. Its 17 glow-in-the-dark lanes and state-of-the-art television screens offered a fun bowling experience. The bar, DJ booth, upbeat music and disco lights contributed to the club vibe.
We paid for bowling shoes and one game, which came out to less than 10 bucks a person. Happy with the cheap price, some 21-year-olds in the group hit the bar and were greeted by bartender Albert Thaxter, of Mt. Vernon, who said meeting new people was one of his favorite things to do.
Then we started our game, which took about an hour to complete with five people bowling. The game went smoothly. The only exception was that our computer screen briefly froze, but a staff member was available to fix it within moments.
By the end of the game, my friends admitted they had a great time and that we should have done this a long time ago.
I would have said, “I told you so,” but I was too busy boasting about my second-place finish.
If you’re looking for something fun and different to do for friends and families, check out New Roc’n Bowl or visit their Web site.