new york secrets

by Anna Balkrishna and Erin O’Hara

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  • Bowling Alley at the Frick Collection
    The Frick Collection, a mansion on the Upper East Side formerly owned by 19th-century industrialist Henry Clay Frick, is an architectural beauty in its own right. But did you know that the building contains an underground bowling alley? Commissioned by Frick in 1914, the antique alley is a real tycoon's playground, with mahogany-paneled walls, immaculate pine-and-maple lanes and a custom-made set of balls that remain in working order. After Frick's death in 1919, the bowling alley was abandoned (except briefly, when it served as a library storage space in the 1920s). The Frick Collection restored the alley to its former glory in 1997 but keeps it under tight lock and key. —AB

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