Join Date: Aug 2008
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
Cardozo is a bitch during the summer unless, as you said, you arrive early.
They host summer camps, and even though they won't use those (beautiful really) courts, a chaperone will come over and tell you to leave. This is the case with most High Schools with expansive facilities.
I would recommend Alley Pond or Kissena Park.
Alley Pond very rarely asks for passes, and the 2 or 3 courts at the end are, or were, for public free use. They repaved them from asphalt to a real HC two years ago so that may have changed, but I have always used them.
Kissena Park used to have Hard courts, and last summer, they were still being repaved and under construction, I assume they should be open now. The Green Clay there is...rather crappy, but playable, and I've found the attendants to be lax about their demands for passes.
If you want to pay for courts - I find Queen's College the best. The facilities aren't as nice as the NTC of course, but the rates are cheaper, it's in really a more accessible (by car) area, and it's where I took my first few lessons, so maybe I just have a connection to them.
It sucks, but Queens really is the best place to play tennis in the city. I don't venture into Brooklyn, but Manhattan is a pain in the ass for courts, although a few are lighted for night play, during less traffic.
btw - lol, I'm from Bayside.
Something I have never tried - if you have your own net, some community colleges might have poles.