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Apr 25th, 2012 04:26 AM
CoryAnnAvants#1
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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Originally Posted by ZAK View Post
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.
Apr 25th, 2012 02:41 AM
~{X}~
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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

Its a great neighborhood, was born and raised here.
Apr 25th, 2012 02:25 AM
ZAK
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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!
Apr 25th, 2012 01:42 AM
hellas719
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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 . You probably have to deal with hundreds of crazy Greeks every day, I'm so sorry for you . I'm not joking. I mean it. You probably have so many stories about us
Apr 25th, 2012 01:41 AM
hellas719
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

^ The old Filipino men at Cunningham park
They're so dedicated
Apr 23rd, 2012 01:17 PM
~{X}~
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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.
Apr 23rd, 2012 12:03 PM
duhcity
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

November is pushing the season, isn't it?

Anyway I think 200 is ridiculous, especially since as a High School student it was 15.
Apr 23rd, 2012 04:19 AM
~{X}~
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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.

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.
Apr 22nd, 2012 10:54 PM
Excelscior
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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.

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?
Apr 22nd, 2012 10:00 PM
~{X}~
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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.
Apr 22nd, 2012 08:54 PM
duhcity
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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
Apr 22nd, 2012 03:44 PM
darrinbaker00
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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.
Apr 22nd, 2012 08:03 AM
ZAK
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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.............
Apr 21st, 2012 06:29 PM
Excelscior
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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
Apr 21st, 2012 12:31 PM
The Witch-king
Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC

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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?
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