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ZAK
Apr 19th, 2012, 12:37 AM
I live in Greenpoint and I really want to play tennis this summer, but it just seems really difficult/expensive. Any tips?

Excelscior
Apr 19th, 2012, 01:10 AM
Outside of getting a Parks Department pass, or paying for courts at the US Open facility (which is also part of the Parks Dept, when the US Open is not being played), etc., you can just arrive early at some highschools (like Cardozo in Bayside Queens) to play tennis for free.

Whether you have a parks department pass (which you have to pay for) or not, you usually have to arrive at the courts early to get them for sure.

There's also courts in LIC Queens, near the 59st bridge (and maybe on the other side of it), that are near Greenpoint as well.

That's what I used to.

duhcity
Apr 20th, 2012, 03:40 AM
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.

Kəv.
Apr 20th, 2012, 06:58 AM
Melbourne Park is only 28$ p/hour. How much is US Open?

darrinbaker00
Apr 20th, 2012, 08:27 AM
Melbourne Park is only 28$ p/hour. How much is US Open?

http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/National-Tennis-Center/Information/14186_Play_at_the_USTA_Billie_Jean_King_National_T ennis_Center/

Kəv.
Apr 20th, 2012, 08:33 AM
:spit: Expensive.

Who the hell wants to go at 6-8?? :lol:

ZAK
Apr 20th, 2012, 06:22 PM
:spit: Expensive.

Who the hell wants to go at 6-8?? :lol:

Probably old people.

Just Do It
Apr 21st, 2012, 12:20 AM
I thought playing tennis in US on hardcourt outdoor courts is free :shrug: I mean, courts are everywhere yet you need to pay $32 an h our? :spit:

MaxQue
Apr 21st, 2012, 01:30 AM
I thought playing tennis in US on hardcourt outdoor courts is free :shrug: I mean, courts are everywhere yet you need to pay $32 an h our? :spit:

It really depends of the area. Im my town, it's free before 4PM, 6$ per hour per person after that. Or you can take a 110$ membership fee, with various lower costs if you are young or a student.

darrinbaker00
Apr 21st, 2012, 03:59 AM
:spit: Expensive.

Who the hell wants to go at 6-8?? :lol:

Probably old people.

Did it ever occur to either of you that perhaps, PERHAPS, there are people in New York who start work at 10:00 AM or later and want to get in a couple of hours on the court beforehand?

hellas719
Apr 21st, 2012, 04:59 AM
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.

Me too :speakles:

hellas719
Apr 21st, 2012, 05:03 AM
I sometimes play indoors at Cunningham Park and IIRC it's pretty inexpensive there ;)
But you need a permit for the public courts and it's always full of either high schools or old Filipino men so it's like impossible to get an open court so I just go indoors usually, but now the bubble is going down :p

The Witch-king
Apr 21st, 2012, 01:31 PM
Did it ever occur to either of you that perhaps, PERHAPS, there are people in New York who start work at 10:00 AM or later and want to get in a couple of hours on the court beforehand?

:help:

Excelscior
Apr 21st, 2012, 07:29 PM
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.

Nice post.

Everything you said was true, and expanded on my original response. :) :)

I'm very close to Bayside :lol: :oh: :oh: :lol:

ZAK
Apr 22nd, 2012, 09:03 AM
Did it ever occur to either of you that perhaps, PERHAPS, there are people in New York who start work at 10:00 AM or later and want to get in a couple of hours on the court beforehand?

Because if I worked at 10 or later, I'd totally wake up at 5 to play some tennis.............

darrinbaker00
Apr 22nd, 2012, 04:44 PM
Because if I worked at 10 or later, I'd totally wake up at 5 to play some tennis.............

If it's something you really enjoy doing, you'll make time to do it.

duhcity
Apr 22nd, 2012, 09:54 PM
Because if I worked at 10 or later, I'd totally wake up at 5 to play some tennis.............

Happens very often actually. Working out in the morning before work isn't a terrible idea.

And the amount of Queens people here, maybe we've seen each other at the courts before :lol:

~{X}~
Apr 22nd, 2012, 11:00 PM
I live in Astoria and I play in Astoria Park where there are 14 courts, but you need the Tennis Permit from the parks department to play there which costs $200 dollars for a season between April-November.

Excelscior
Apr 22nd, 2012, 11:54 PM
I live in Astoria and I play in Astoria Park where there are 14 courts, but you need the Tennis Permit from the parks department to play there which costs $200 dollars for a season between April-November.

Oh yeah. The city/parks dept. resurfaced those courts several years ago, right?

Good for you, if true.

When you think about it, $200 is really not a lot of money for most people, though it may be for some. As long as you get a court/get to play, it seems like a good investment. But I know, not everybody does. :lol: :) :lol:

If the thread starter in Greenpoint drives, he or she can just go up the BQE for 10-15 min to Astoria. I'm sure there's a bus (or even the N or R subway, with or with out the bus) that goes there as well? Of course, that way will take longer. But they should check it out/look into it.

I thought McCarren Park in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, was getting tennis courts in the future, along with their recently refurbished pool?

~{X}~
Apr 23rd, 2012, 05:19 AM
Oh yeah. The city/parks dept. resurfaced those courts several years ago, right?

Good for you, if true.

When you think about it, $200 is really not a lot of money for most people, though it may be for some. As long as you get a court/get to play, it seems like a good investment. But I know, not everybody does. :lol: :) :lol:

If the thread starter in Greenpoint drives, he or she can just go up the BQE for 10-15 min to Astoria. I'm sure there's a bus (or even the N or R subway, with or with out the bus) that goes there as well? Of course, that way will take longer. But they should check it out/look into it.

I thought McCarren Park in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, was getting tennis courts in the future, along with their recently refurbished pool?

They redid like three of the courts haha, not all of them, but most are in good shape and don't need anything done, a couple nets to be fixed and maybe a few cracks.

Well the N or Q train goes to Astoria BLVD. but you have to walk a distance for the courts. :)

duhcity
Apr 23rd, 2012, 01:03 PM
November is pushing the season, isn't it?

Anyway I think 200 is ridiculous, especially since as a High School student it was 15.

~{X}~
Apr 23rd, 2012, 02:17 PM
Well it used to be $100 then last year they raised it to $200. It is sorta crazy haha, but I mean what can you do. We even wrote letters to our councilman and he didn't do anything.

November is pushing it but people still go out and play, I see people playing when its 40 degrees. :lol:

hellas719
Apr 25th, 2012, 02:41 AM
^ The old Filipino men at Cunningham park :worship:
They're so dedicated :worship:

hellas719
Apr 25th, 2012, 02:42 AM
I live in Astoria and I play in Astoria Park where there are 14 courts, but you need the Tennis Permit from the parks department to play there which costs $200 dollars for a season between April-November.

You live in Astoria? Sorry to hear that :lol:. You probably have to deal with hundreds of crazy Greeks every day, I'm so sorry for you :awww::lol:. I'm not joking. I mean it. You probably have so many stories about us :hysteric:

ZAK
Apr 25th, 2012, 03:25 AM
Thanks for all the info!

200 doesn't seem that bad to me as long as you get it right at the beginning of the season. I guess I'll use McCarren and see how it goes!

~{X}~
Apr 25th, 2012, 03:41 AM
You live in Astoria? Sorry to hear that :lol:. You probably have to deal with hundreds of crazy Greeks every day, I'm so sorry for you :awww::lol:. I'm not joking. I mean it. You probably have so many stories about us :hysteric:

Haha the Greeks aren't too bad. I mean they are mostly at the cafe's and stuff which are fine, I love going to the cafe's. ;)

But when Greece wins a soccer match or something that was important forget it. :lol: People go nuts!

Its a great neighborhood, was born and raised here. :D

CoryAnnAvants#1
Apr 25th, 2012, 05:26 AM
Thanks for all the info!

200 doesn't seem that bad to me as long as you get it right at the beginning of the season. I guess I'll use McCarren and see how it goes!

I used to live in Greenpoint--as long as you're not going at peak hours (weekends or after 5:00pm during the week), you should be able to walk on to a court at McCarren Park anytime you want. The courts are pretty nice and certainly better than any other park in Brooklyn. They were resurfaced two years ago and are identical to the kind used at the US Open.

Unfortunately, playing tennis in NYC is a pain in the ass no matter how you slice it. I'm moving back there next week after having spent the last year in Portland, OR, and got completely spoiled by how cheap it is to play tennis. Indoor courts are $10-14 per person/hour, depending on when you went. And more often than not, nobody would take the court at the end of your session and you could just stay on.