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ZAK Apr 18th, 2012 11:37 PM

How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
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 12:10 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
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 02:40 AM

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.

Kəv. Apr 20th, 2012 05:58 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Melbourne Park is only 28$ p/hour. How much is US Open?

darrinbaker00 Apr 20th, 2012 07:27 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hindrance. (Post 21288174)
Melbourne Park is only 28$ p/hour. How much is US Open?

http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/Natio...Tennis_Center/

Kəv. Apr 20th, 2012 07:33 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
:spit: Expensive.

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

ZAK Apr 20th, 2012 05:22 PM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hindrance. (Post 21288296)
:spit: Expensive.

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

Probably old people.

Just Do It Apr 20th, 2012 11:20 PM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
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 12:30 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Just Do It (Post 21291845)
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 02:59 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hindrance. (Post 21288296)
:spit: Expensive.

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

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZAK (Post 21290215)
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 03:59 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anthony. (Post 21287994)
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 04:03 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
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 12:31 PM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by darrinbaker00 (Post 21292186)
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 06:29 PM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anthony. (Post 21287994)
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 08:03 AM

Re: How to Play Tennis in NYC
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by darrinbaker00 (Post 21292186)
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.............


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