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but the surface parking lots by the strip mall portion were a total shitshow. I think people tend to want to use the lots rather than the garages even though the garages are free for the first 3 hours (and the lots have a 3 hour limit.) I took the T, so thankfully I didn't have to deal with any of that.
The garages are kind of a shit show themselves. I avoid them at all costs even though it is free for 3 hours. A couple problems with them.

1. The placement of the ramp for the garage near AMC is probably in one of the worst places possible. There is a lot of foot traffic because of the nearby stores, and a large portion of people leaving Assembly cross the ramp entrance/exit to either get to the garage stairs/elevator or surface parking lots. Traffic backs up all the time because of waiting for pedestrians. If the ramp was to the west of the garage stairs it would have be noticeably better. Even better would have the ramp on the south side of the building near where Fuji is. A lot less foot traffic.

2. The new credit card machines to enter the building is slow because people are not familiar with it. People often do not have their cards ready and it can backup quickly. Hopefully that will change over time.

3. The vacant space board is all the way up the ramp. You need to commit to entering before you know if there are any spaces. Yes, the tenants will put out lot full sign when full, but it is annoying nonetheless.
4. The elevator is painfully slow.
 

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The garage at the end of Canal Street is much easier to get in and out of and usually has available parking on the first floor.
 

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A bowling alley with 8 lanes is not a bowling alley
Nowhere in the name is it described as a bowling alley. It's called "Lucky Strike Social". It has bowling alleys, as well as pool tables, floor shuffleboard, games, and two giant bars (hence the "social")
 

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If it were called Lucky Strike I'd agree. But its called Lucky Strike Social. In their signage, the word Social is the same size as Lucky Strike. Their branding makes it pretty clear what types of entertainment are available.
 

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Nowhere in the name is it described as a bowling alley. It's called "Lucky Strike Social". It has bowling alleys, as well as pool tables, floor shuffleboard, games, and two giant bars (hence the "social")
Lucky Strike is a bowling alley chain operated by Lucky Strike Entertainment, LLC, which owns and operates a chain of facilities that include bowling alleys and billiard parlors, bars, lounges, restaurants and venues for art and music. Founded in 2003, the company is based in Sherman Oaks, California.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Strike_Lanes

Their website is:

http://www.bowlluckystrike.com/

I wonder why I associate them with bowling. Hmmmmmmm
 

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Wow wtf is this discussion even about anymore? The appropriateness or not of the branding of a bowling alley and pool hall venue? Yeesh.
 

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Wow wtf is this discussion even about anymore? The appropriateness or not of the branding of a bowling alley and pool hall venue? Yeesh.
I remember going down to Good Times--only to fend for your life.
Stabbings, fights, fights in the cage basketball. Pool Table brawls.

The good ole Boston Days.

We will never see those days again in this area. Who would have thought.
 

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Wow wtf is this discussion even about anymore? The appropriateness or not of the branding of a bowling alley and pool hall venue? Yeesh.
And I'm still processing that a bunch of effete, moneyed, 20-something Brooklyn transplants have the time and energy to piss away an evening playing shuffleboard ironically...
 
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And I'm still processing that a bunch of effete, moneyed 20-something Brooklyn transplants have the time and energy to piss away an evening playing shuffleboard ironically...
It was an afternoon, and it was a very cool space! There was no cover, drinks were usual bar price, all in all, an inexpensive place to hang out for an afternoon, or for a few hours in the evening. Everyone there was having a good time, enjoying each other's company, and this old goat was very impressed! I don't understand your negativity to the place.
 

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I don't understand your negativity to the place.
This place, and others like it, are symptomatic of a culture lacking in an awareness of its own catastrophic superficiality. When patrons tire of shuffleboard, I hope they're prepared and scaled to transition to indoor badminton or axe-throwing...
 

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Beton, I'm usually with you but come on. It's a place for games. What's more superficial than games? If you enjoy a game ironically, you're still enjoying it. What are the appropriately authentic pastimes, in your opinion? This was a very 'get off my lawn' comment.
 

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I wish more new places had classic New England Candlepin bowling and not the big ball yuppie shit from outside of New England.
 

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This place, and others like it, are symptomatic of a culture lacking in an awareness of its own catastrophic superficiality. When patrons tire of shuffleboard, I hope they're prepared and scaled to transition to indoor badminton or axe-throwing...
You’re overcome by the exuberance of your own verbosity!
 

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So, I figured my initial comment would stir things up a bit...

Let's carve into this:

This was a very 'get off my lawn' comment.
Maybe...

One of my oldest friends is a metal fabricator; talented guy, went to school for it, runs his own business. Imagine what he thinks about a kid in his 20s with a $200K art school diploma telling everyone that he's a "blacksmith."

If you enjoy a game ironically, you're still enjoying it.
Are you? Or are you enjoying "playing dress-up in grandma's attic"?

What are the appropriately authentic pastimes, in your opinion?
Camping, cooking, reading, appreciating distilled spirits, walking the streets of cities I've never visited before, arguing with strangers on the internet...

The truth is, I never enjoyed being a kid; therapy has helped me realize that this has most to do with my parents' unique approach to raising me. Among the attributes that this gifted me with is a volcanic disdain for the superficial.

And I think you'll agree, we live is superficial times. We try our hardest to extend our adolescence into middle age. We consume when we should create. We watch when we should read. Indeed we've monetized "authenticity" to the point that it's a meaningless concept.

You’re overcome by the exuberance of your own verbosity!
I've been accused of far worse, so thank you.
 
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