Redesign these bowling shoes for a chance at $2,500

Bowlero/Bowlmor is sole-searching for a new design for its tired bowling shoes. Now through April 16, the bowling company is accepting designs for its shoes in a contest that will reward the winner with $2,500 and a fashion show debut. Execs at the Bowlero Corporation, which has locations across the nation including the Bowlmor at Times Square, want to be bowled over by the design. “There’s not anything wrong with the old ones, but Bowlero changed everything about bowling — we’ve installed black lights, added audio/visual equipment and offer premium food and drink options, but we haven’t changed the shoes,” said Colie Edison, the chief customer officer at Bowlero. The new design will go on shoes at the company’s bowling alleys across the nation. Her advice: Be bold. There will be a template to use, but think outside of the box and “be daring,” Edison said. “Don’t play it safe, because that’s not going to win. Modernize them to be more ‘bowld,’” she said, emphasizing the spelling. “Make this shoe synonymous with our brand — we’re not your grandfather’s bowling alley.” You can create the design, using the provided color palatte and template, with a program or by hand, but submit it as a photo file. Five finalists will be announced in late June and they’ll be invited to Bowlmor Times Square for a legit fashion show, where models will strut down the bowling lanes in outfits matching each design. Bowlero execs and a yet-to-be-named celebrity judge will call the winning design. So come on, fancy feet, do your best. Continue Reading

David Ortiz drops New York conspiracy at charity event, praises Aaron Judge

On the night before the rivalry comes back to the Bronx, David Ortiz returned to the city he tantalized for over a decade with nothing but love for the Yankees and their new slugger. As part of CC Sabathia’s “PitCCh In” foundation, Ortiz made a special guest appearance for the All Stars of New York Bowling tournament. The appearance comes in the wake of a recent interview in which Ortiz hinted at the possibility of a New York conspiracy against the former Red Sox slugger. Ortiz was referring to his name being mentioned on a 104-player list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Ortiz’s name was reported by the New York Times. “I love New York,” Ortiz said. “I have so much love and respect for the people here.” Ortiz also had high praise for young Yankee star Aaron Judge. “Look at Judge, man,” Ortiz told reporters. “He’s scary, man. That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. A guy that big who hits like that, that’s special. “To be honest with you, the strike zone for a guy his height, that’s why I say, that’s why I believe he’s so good and he’s going to get better because when you are that tall, the strike zone is bigger,” Ortiz added. “And then you watch him hit and he don’t chase bad pitches. He don’t chase bad pitches. God bless him. … He’s so much fun to watch.” Ortiz, who won’t be in town for the series opener Tuesday night, said he misses coming to play in the Bronx. “I love Yankee Stadium,” Ortiz said. “Yankee Stadium was built for guys my size.” The event Monday night at Bowlmor Times Square featured several players from both sides of the rivalry as they squared off in a tournament-style event with the two championship teams selecting Sabathia or Ortiz as the Continue Reading

Bowlmor Lanes, city’s oldest bowling alley, closes after 76-year run in Union Square

It’s worse than a 7-10 split. Bowlmor Lanes, New York's oldest bowling center, closed for good Monday night — ending a 76-year run that included countless birthday parties and dates, plenty of “Disco Bowling” and even celebrities such as Will Smith and former president Richard Nixon. On Monday, everyday Earl Anthonys flocked to the University Place center to mourn the loss. "I've been on dates here, I've hosted parties here," said Christine Biela, a graduate student at nearby New York University. "I had to come one last time." Two newer Bowlmor centers remain in the city — one in Times Square, the other at Chelsea Piers — as part of a larger chain of a dozen lanes. But owner Thomas Shannon said the Greenwich Village landmark was “the heart and soul of our company.” “This is the one that started it all. You can’t replace it,” added Shannon, who had bought the aging business in 1997 and revived it for a new generation by improving the food, drinks and music — though prices also rose considerably. "This really is the only bowling alley I come to. It's a total loss," said Kit Xu, 26, of Brooklyn as she bowled with a friend. "The food is so good here. It's a shame it's closing." Employees said they would miss the spot and the regulars — including some whole families. "I love this place," said Andres Restrepo, the Bowlmor district manager. "We've had families with four generations of bowlers coming here to hang out on a Sunday. Grandpa tells about times when Union Square wasn't the safest time, then his son talks about the 1980s.” Indeed, in the bad old days, a manager was once murdered in the alley. But more recently, the lanes have been a glamorous haunt for A-listers such as the Strokes, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Fallon and Al Pacino. The lanes, between 12th and Continue Reading

Ashley Dupre, the one-time escort who helped sock it to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, marries construction honcho in Paris

She got the fairy tale. Ashley Dupre is now an Earle. [email protected] has learned exclusively that Dupre eloped with construction-magnate beau Thomas (TJ) Earle. In storybook fashion, the pair were married in Paris. Call it a happy ending for the Jersey girl who first made headlines as the high-priced escort at the center of a scandal that toppled black-socks-loving Eliot Spitzer’s political career. Sources close to the Earles tell us the couple tied the knot in the City of Light on Oct. 13 in a “very private and intimate ceremony” in a penthouse atop the Four Seasons Hotel George V. The bride wore an Inbal Dror dress for the very quiet affair. “No kids, no family, no friends ... just them alone overlooking the Eiffel Tower,” says our insider. “Very romantic.” Anthony DelMundo Ashley Dupre hangs out at New Jersey beach in 2008. We’re told Dupre and Earle had been dating for about two years before getting engaged in August 2012. Three months later, she gave birth to daughter Izabel Jagger Earle, who’ll celebrate her first birthday Nov. 10. The 28-year-old Dupre, now Ashley Earle, has moved on to a “Leave It to Beaver” lifestyle in the aftermath of the 2008 sex scandal that led to Spitzer’s resignation. She and her family live in Middletown, N.J., not far from the town of Red Bank, where she operates a lingerie and swimsuit boutique called Femme by Ashley. In 2011, she appeared on VH1’s “Famous Foods” cooking competition program, where she finished third out of seven celebrity participants. PHOTOS: ASHLEY DUPRE, GOV. ELIOT SPITZER'S FORMER CALL GIRL 'KRISTEN', FEATURED IN PLAYBOY Stephen Chernin/AP Eliot Spitzer, seen with wife Silda, announcing his resignation as governor of New York. Spitzer, on the other hand, just can’t seem to leave well enough alone. After resigning the governorship five years ago, the former Luv Guv tried to Continue Reading

Nighttime is the fright time for NYC Halloween parties that will get your blood pumping

Tricks are for kids. Treat yourself to one of these high-spirited Halloween parties raging across local bars and clubs next week. o WEBSTER HELL The Village Halloween Parade’s official after-party at Webster Hall awards $5,000 cash to the best costume. There are four floors of thrills, from flying vampires in the Grand Ballroom to a virgin-sacrifice performance at midnight. Must be 19 to enter, 21 to drink. Halloween (Oct. 31), 8 p.m.; $40. 125 E. 11th St., at Third Ave. See o HAUNTED MANSION PARTY Bowlmor Lanes Times Square trades its pins for pinups with a Halloween bash hosted by former Playboy Playmates Monica Leigh, Stephanie Larimore, Ashley Massaro and Courtney Culkin. Enjoy a vodka open bar from 9 to 10 p.m., plus DJs spinning hip hop, dance, rock and ’80s hits. Must be 21. Saturday, 9 p.m.; $15-$85. 22 W. 44th St., between Seventh & Eighth Aves. See o THE HAUNTING HALLOWEEN PARTY Don’t miss the W New York Downtown’s swanky fright fete in the Living Room Bar & Terrace, where the best costume wins a one-night stay with breakfast at the haute MePa hotel. Runnerup gets VIP bottle service for four. At the party, sip themed drinks like the Transfusion-Tini served in a skull glass while Stadj Model DJs spin dance hits. There will also be palm and tarot card readings. Must be 21. Saturday, 9 p.m.; free admission. 123 Washington St., at Carlisle St. Call (646) 826-8600. o HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT Grab some friends, get costumes and charge your smartphone for this photo scavenger hunt. Unlock clues using your mobile, and the team with the most points bags the grand prize. But everyone really wins, since the search brings you to bars with Halloween-themed drink specials. Must be 21. Sunday, 1 p.m.; $50 ticket includes two drinks and admission to the after-party. Starts at Little Town Restaurant Row, 366 W. 46th St., between Eighth & Ninth Aves. See o HALLOWEEN PUB Continue Reading

Brightening strangers’ hospital day truly her bag

It took Arin Prisand two years to make a difference in more than 12,000 lives. In fact, many more, because 12,000 is only the number of bright-yellow activity and communication bags Prisand's Hannah Banana Foundation has distributed to seriously ill adults in area hospitals since it started operations in January 2009. So that number doesn't include the thousands of family members and friends who have also used the bags' contents: a deck of cards, an adult coloring book (with challenging designs), markers, "healthy mind" word-find puzzles, a pen, and - for patients who have difficulty speaking - a wipe board with dry-erase markers and erasers, to wile away the all-too-many idle hours of a hospital stay. Even Prisand is amazed at how quickly Hannah Banana's program has caught on; the group already operates in 16 hospitals in the metropolitan area, including Brooklyn's SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, Columbia University Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center. The program is in talks to start distributing the bags at Brookdale University Hospital, also in Brooklyn, and in the palliative care unit at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens. "Sometimes when I go to the hospital for a checkup and I'm walking the halls, and I think, 'I might have given that patient a gift and I don't even know,'" Prisand said. "I could have gotten a card from that person and I didn't even know it. "The fact that we've grown so much that I could have helped someone who is a complete stranger - that's fun." The abovementioned card is a reference to the patient feedback postcard that is included in every package. Prisand, who joked that the Foundation's "international headquarters" is still her upper East Side apartment, said that most days, at least one of the bright-yellow postcards arrives in the mail. "You have a bad day - and I try not to have many of them - and you come home to a feedback card," Prisand said. "When you get a card Continue Reading

Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t let her children, Apple and  Moses, off easy at Union Square bowling contest

Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t half-ass it when she competes against her kids. A source at Bowlmor Lanes in Union Square says the “Country Strong” actress brought her two children, Apple, 7, and Moses, 5, to the alley on Thursday for an afternoon of pin toppling. After trading in her high heels for a rather plain pair of bowling shoes and signing in as “Mom” on the electronic scoreboard, the insider says Paltrow proceeded to dominate her progeny. The 39-year-old actress scored a respectable 83 for herself, while her daughter rolled a 70. Mosesfinished with 62. Expect to see a post on Goop about teaching your kids to lose with grace — and learning how not to gloat when you best your children in games of skill. TERRY RICHARDSON put the batty in bat mitzvah when the photographer and his entourage showed up at V Magazine’s Halloween Revue dressed, in his words, as an Orthodox “rabbi posse” on Sunday night. Richardson posted photos of himself in peyes and a massive fake beard attending the Club 39 soiree and another Halloween party at the Top of the Standard on his The photographer also put up racy shots of fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan, who wore a dominatrix outfit that left both breasts unfettered. Presumably so Le-Tan wouldn’t catch a chill, Richardson later photographed model Annabelle Dexter Jones — sister of fashion designer Charlotte Ronson — and a ghoulish-looking guest identified as “Happy” covering her exposed flesh with their mouths. CHRIS MATTHEWS better keep his composure tonight. MSNBC’s “Hardball” host recently told the Daily Beast that he literally cried when Richard Nixon lost the 1960 election against a young Jack Kennedy. Matthews explained that he was from a Republican family and identified with Nixon’s underdog status. Despite his affinity for Tricky Dick, Matthews ended up writing a book on JFK called “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Continue Reading

Lady Gaga, beau Luc Carl go bowling and get into engagement argument at BowlMor

Lady Gaga has her boyfriend by the (bowling) balls. Stefani Germanotta isn't an easy girl to pin down, as on-again love Luc Carl learned the hard way when they got into an argument about engagement rumors during a date Wednesday night at BowlMor Lanes Times Square. The pair arrived about 8:30 for dinner at the alley's Uptown Bar and Lounge - but as Gaga dug into a healthy meal of salmon, green beans and undressed salad, a spy says things got tense. The pop star began talking about a recent interview in which she had to shoot down engagement rumors. Carl insisted that she should have said they were indeed engaged. But if that's true, Gaga's got a good "Poker Face." She retorted that, in fact, they were not engaged, and so of course she shouldn't have said otherwise. She even enlisted the bartender to her cause, asking for his opinion and trying to get him to take her side. So is Carl trying to get his Lady friend to settle down — or does he just like messing with the media even more than she does? Perhaps more important, if Gaga got engaged, what would her ring be made of? We've got our money on petrified bird poop. Or perhaps human teeth. Still, the couple managed to put aside the "Bad Romance" in favor of bowling. A group of six or so friends joined them as they finished dinner. At one point, Gaga asked to borrow the waitress' iPod earbuds so she could play her new single, "Born This Way." When she and her pals hit the lanes, Gaga traded the pinot noir she'd been sipping for shots of Jack Daniels. BowlMor shut down its second floor to accommodate the group, who stayed until about 11. Gaga topped off the evening by signing a bowling pin "Monster Balls," in honor of her latest tour. Snowbound bowling with the boyfriend sounds like a pretty low-key night for the risqué chanteuse. But this is the same frequently pants-less superstar who, as Gatecrasher reported, spent the holidays with Carl's family in Nebraska. Perhaps it was there Continue Reading

Lindsay Lohan strikes out to NYC’s Bowlmore Lanes with sister, Ali Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, taking a break from the courtroom, enjoyed a fun-filled time with family and close friends in New York this week. The troubled starlet looked refreshed and happy when she was spotted having a late dinner with some girlfriends at Lower East Side hotspot Beauty & Essex Friday night. When she wasn't glued to her cell phone, Lohan - wearing a silver mini-dress with her blond hair pulled back - was busy chatting with her three friends and dancing to the music of DJ Dimitry. Earlier in the afternoon, the 24-year-old stopped by Bowlmor Lanes to throw some strikes with her family. Surrounded by security, Lohan bowled in the private "Chinatown Room" of the luxury bowling alley in Times Square with her sister Ali, brother Michael and a small group of about 10 guests. The troubled "Mean Girls" star was dressed casually, wearing a blue, short cropped blazer, black shirt and tight blue jeans, with her long blond hair down. Paparazzi waited outside for her, and inside, an NYPD officer guarded the entrance to her closed-off section. The private room, sealed off at every entrance, typically can hold over four times the size of Lohan's party. A handler inside said that it was a family event, and a Bowlmor manager helping with security said he wanted to "protect the privacy" of his "high-profile celebrity" guest. Lohan looked in good spirits as she and her guests were rushed out of the private room into the elevator. "Thank you so much," Lohan said to the staff escorting her out. Lohan was greeted by a dozen photographers outside, before she escaped into her car. "Just spent the afternoon bowling with my little brother and sister at @bowlmorlanes, Michael's so good ha!" she later tweeted. Thursday was also a family affair for the actress, who was all smiles as she took in a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. "With my brothers and my sister at the Knicks game!!! go knicks!! love their green uniforms for st patricks day!" Lohan Continue Reading

‘Eloise’ fan Lena Dunham savors meeting with Hilary Knight; Patrick Schwarzenegger is breaking big

It wasn’t the $3.7 million book advance that did it for Lena Dunham. The high point of her short career so far has been a friendship with an eccentric illustrator of the “Eloise” books, she tells [email protected] “If my career stopped now, it will have been worth it, because I attracted the attention of Hilary Knight,” said Dunham at the screening of her new movie about the artist, “It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise.” Knight had sent a letter to Dunham when he heard she was an up-and-coming TV star who had a tattoo of his famous character on the small of her back. “Shortly after that, I went over to his apartment to spend time with him and Matt (Wolfe, who directed the short documentary), who is one of my closest friends and one of my favorite filmmakers,” said the “Girls” creator during the event at the Plaza’s Palm Court. Knight tells us he was thrilled to see the tattoo in person. He said Dunham gave him a peek the third time they met. “I was impressed, especially (at) the location,” said Knight, “Not everyone gets to see that area.” With all due respect, Hilary, everyone with HBO has seen that area a few dozen times. MAYBE NOT SAINT PATRICK He’ll be back. For sure. Patrick Schwarzenegger is playing the role of Spring Breakinator in Cabo, Mexico, where he was spotted at an Irish bar getting friendly with a gal pal who was not Miley Cyrus. Schwarzenegger, a 21-year-old student at USC, took to Twitter Monday to explain himself. “Omg. It’s one of my best friends girlfriend (sic),” he wrote. Yahoo! news reported the friend-of-a-friend is a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority girl and further claimed “he also did body shots off of her.” LEAKS ARE IN ‘FASHION’ The “Fashion Police” had too many snitches, according to former top cop Kathy Griffin. “I’ve Continue Reading