3. There Used to Be a Bowling Alley in the Basement
Photo courtesy The Jane Hotel
The American Seamen’s Friend Society Sailors’ Home and Institute was designed to be like a modern club, with plenty of amenities. This included a bowling alley in the basement, a swimming pool and a restaurant, all in the basement. Nearly everything has been lost or turned into storage, but a new spot yet to be announced will give guests access to the basement once again.
The basement today is accessed by staff through the back of the Old Rose, the restaurant in The Jane Hotel that replaced Cafe Gitane. At the top of the staircase, you’ll see another Wes Anderson-like quirk: a rounded door to room “113” surrounded by colorful diamond-patterned wallpaper. More to be announced!