Nov 3, 2019
Ofer meets with Jonathan Schnapp, founder of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus. In 2011, Jonathan and his partner Ashley took a spontaneous trip to the Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club in Florida and returned home inspired to bring the forgotten sport to Brooklyn. Much sooner than expected, they secured a warehouse space and began fundraising for an idea that, at first, not many people could definitively get behind. Today, people from near and far come to visit and fall in love with the game and the neighborhood. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard League is the largest in the world and Ashley and Jonathan are now internationally ranked shuffleboard players. With the Gowanus rezoning underway, Jonathan reflects on the “magical” space and its place in the world and Brooklyn.