First LEED Certified Bowling Alley: Brooklyn Bowl

To be a one-of-a-kind business in today’s competitive market is almost unheard of. In the entertainment, family-fun and sporting fields it is especially difficult to receive this title of uniqueness, yet one bowling alley has managed to lay claim to that very name: Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY.

One may question how this bowling alley is different from any of the others you have seen. The answer is that it is not just a bowling alley but also an entertainment venue for music and comedy shows.

Consider its staggering construction statistics of 16 lanes, 600-person venue, two bars and its offering of live rock-n-roll music performances seven nights a week, not to mention the LEED certification. This equation of parts gives us the reason Brooklyn Bowl truly is an original.

“Building on the long-standing tradition of the Wetlands Preserve, Brooklyn Bowl is committed to sustainable development and L.E.E.D. Certification.”

Bowling Lanes

The alley opened in April 2009 and is owned by Charles Ryan and Peter Shapiro. It is a refurbished factory that had opened in 1882, called Hecla Iron Works Building.

Ryan and Shapiro were environmentally aware for the duration of the project and continue to be after the business is open, including the materials that were used in the renovation, supporting local business and goods, and future environmental impacts their company may have.

A company, GreenOrder, facilitated their certification. This is a consultant group that opened in 2000 and helps businesses become more sustainable and make greener choices.

“Through our groundbreaking work, we have transformed the way business leaders view sustainability, create new products and services, relate to their stakeholders, and drive billion-dollar growth,” says Ryan and Shapiro.

Some of the key factors that went into their partnership with Brooklyn Bowl to earn their LEED Certification are:

  • 100 percent wind powered electricity
  • Use of custody controlled wood
  • Local products and businesses, including breweries
  • No bottles or cans are used, soda is on tap also
  • LED stage lights
  • Efficient HVAC units
  • External environmental factors of bike racks and trees planted
    Bowling lounge
  • 75 percent more efficient pin spotters than traditional bowling machinery
  • Water efficient toilets

Their clever slogan is,

“Our beers are all local, our chicken is fried, and now it’s official we’re LEED Certified.”

This certification process is not just the use of efficient products that will benefit the future but also the use of recycled goods throughout to help eliminate today’s waste. Brooklyn Bowl met these requirements with the installation of:

  • 100  percent reclaimed cork floors in the lounge
  • 100 percent recycled tires for the stage floor
  • Tables and wood-work furniture made from recycled bowling alley lanes
Bar area

Also the events that are hosted can be eco-themed, like the upcoming April 12th show, “Rock 4 Japan: A Benefit Concert”. They will hold almost any event ranging from public family nights to privately rented functions.

Brooklyn Bowl leads as a venue of green proportions that inspires. Then mix in the availabilities of family-time qualities or the rock-n-roll atmosphere and this bowling alley have achieved a whole new level of Sustaina-bowl business-cheesy pun intended.

Resources: GreenPoint, GreenOrder, Brooklyn Bowl


The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) June 30, 2004 Byline: PANCHO EPSTEIN Russian artist paints unique pieces under a microscope You can now use a pen decorated by a Russian artist to write your friends about Russian Summer in Santa Fe.

Pens from Krone, painted by Russian artists, are featured at Santa Fe Pens, 500 Montezuma, Suite 111 in Sanbusco Market Center.

“Each piece is expertly painted by a Russian miniaturist artist, using a single sable hair under a microscope, rendering a completely one-of-a-kind pen,” owner Neal Frank said. go to web site art in the streets

Prices range from $3,500 to $10,000.

Store hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 989-4742.

Then, in the would-you-believe category, we have Art in the Streets.

Some visitors leaving “Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and His Family” are attaching the “V” stickers they get when they enter the exhibit to the city trash can under the Spitz clock. The can is taking on an artistic look.

“People are now really getting into decorating the can,” museum director Marsha Bol said.

The site brings back memories of the good, old 1960s, when artists were decorating trash cans in Venice, Calif., and trash-can art shows were held.

And this is what is going on through next Tuesday during Russian Summer in Santa Fe:

Thursday through July 31 Artistas de Santa Fe Gallery, 228 Old Santa Fe Trail, entrance on Alameda.

Photography exhibition by Virginia Lee Lierz, “Russian Rendezvous: Traveling the Trans-Siberian Railroad.” “I was in Russia in 1978 on a bus-camping trip, and in 2000 I traveled the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Vladivostok to Moscow to photograph changes that perestroika and the 1991 coup brought,” Lierz said. “These include smiling faces, courteous clerks, fashionably dressed women, current international publications available to everyone, newly renovated buildings, renovated churches with worshipers of all ages, flowers growing in public places, cars on the road instead of military vehicles, police and soldiers that allowed themselves to be photographed and best of all, western toilets, some that actually had toilet seats.” Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Friday 982-1320 Friday-Aug. 31 Anahita Gallery, 312 Sandoval St. site art in the streets

“History of Russian Photography” The more than 100 photographs cover the 1880s through the 1990s.

These photos, both in content and artistry, are fascinating.

Opening reception, 4-7 p.m. July 2 820-2323 Friday Pushkin Gallery, 550 Canyon Road Opening champagne reception 5-7 p.m. for “Collection of Twelve,” the works of Leah Ostrova.

“Ostrova is considered to be the first lady of Russian Impressionism,” said gallery director Caroline Morgan. “After studying at the famed Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, she became recognized for combining the power of light with a refined color palette, creating a dynamic emotional range stemming from her own life experiences and insights. Her portraits, landscapes, still lifes and genre paintings reflect a world of joy and sunshine showing the human being as an inseparable part of nature. The consistency of Ostrova’s sunlit subjects distinguishes her from other Soviet Era art and is a testament to her unique and uncompromising spirit. At the age of 90, she celebrates 85 years of painting and representation in many Russian and international museums as well as private collections throughout the world.” 982-1990 Friday and Saturday Andreeva Fine Art Portraits, 217 W. San Francisco St.

Oleg Chapkine, the Russian lacquer-box artist, will be conducting demonstrations from noon until 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Chapkine’s work is part of the permanent collections at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the State Museum in Moscow.

982-7272 Saturday-Aug. 16 Andreeva Fine Art Portraits, 217 W. San Francisco St.

Opening reception for “Contemporary Russian Portraiture” exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Evgeniy Monahov, voted one to the top 10 artists in Moscow in 2004, will be in Santa Fe from today through July 20 and will attend the reception. Music by Matthew Andre.

982-7272 Russian Summer in Santa Fe revolves around the Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition “Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and His Family.” The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 5, includes more than 260 artworks and never-before-seen family treasures of Nicholas II, who was assassinated with his wife, Alexandra, and their five children in 1918.

The museum is at 107 W. Palace Ave.; 476-5059.

About the Author

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.
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