Now any tennis player from Queens can enter the City’s First Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge, and eventually players from all five boroughs will have the opportunity to compete with one another as well as vie for neighborhood pride in their borough. Enter at www.cityparksfoundation.org.
The tournaments will take place across all five boroughs. the Queens tournament is May 11th at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, while the citywide championships will take place June 15th at NTC.
This morning Dale Caldwell (pictured here standing in front of the Wall of Fame at the club) was at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills to talk about the New York Tennis Open at Forest Hills this summer.
The event will be more than just tennis. July 4th – 7th will include a family fun fest, fashion expo, a jazz festival, a film festival (with help from some friends at Tribeca Film Fest) as well as a book fest. The event will use the grounds at the club and the stadium.
The Forest Hills Times reminds us that the West Side Tennis Club turns 100 this year, and changes are coming. The actual club itself was established in 1892 on West Side of Manhattan. In 1913, the club bought land in Forest Hills, which is still its home. For it, they paid a $2,000 down payment and a $75,000 mortgage. (more…)
Seniors’ Tennis Program at Roy Wilkins Park – The Fall 2012 season of Free Fitness For Seniors, organized by the City Parks Foundation, has started! At Roy Wilkins Park, tennis instruction is offered from 10-11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Tennis Courts (GMAP). Equipment is provided for free to participants.
For more info, please contact Sin HomGogolak at 212-3608281 or SHom@CityParksFoundation.org.
A little bit of Kansas found its way to Queens this weekend
So how did this weekend’s storm affect you? We are hopeful that you were able to stay safe and that none of your property was damaged. Probably the most bizarre thing to happen during the storm was the tornado that touched down in Breezy Point, out on the Rockaway Peninsula. The tornado was about 50 feet across and stayed on land for about 600 feet; winds were 70 mph, making it a “weak” tornado. We bet the Breezy Point Surf Club felt differently, as they sustained the most damage from the twister. If haven’t caught the video yet, here it is:
The last bits of the US Open
Starting at 4pm on Monday, September 10, the Men’s Singles finals are being played between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. This major match was supposed to happen on Sunday evening (the Women’s Singles were pushed a day to that slot instead – congrats, Serena), but the Saturday storms contributed to the delay. And even though the Open ends after the men play, and won’t be back for another year, you can savor the fact that one of the permiere worldwide sporting events happens right here in Queens. So proud.
It’s true, Thom Yorke was here in Queens, spinning and dancing his heart out, entertaining the Warm Up masses
The internet was all excited about the fact that Thom Yorke was spinning some of the tunes heard during the final MOMA PS1 Warm Up of the year. It was an excellent time and all about fun, fun, fun.
Parkour in Queens, including a movie
Have you heard of parkour? It’s the art of moving and overcoming obstacles, physically, and has origins in France. It’s a controversial sport and its participants are passionate about it (cats are natural parkour practitioners, though they probably don’t know it or really care). Word on the street is that one of the best places to practice parkour in NYC is at Queens College because of all its varied obstacles and types of surfaces, but Rockaway Boardwalk and Roosevelt Island are also popular parkour haunts.
Queens resident Kevin Horan of Rockaway Beach is such a parkour virtuoso that he was asked to be in an independent short film called “Atlas.” The film’s director, Nadia Lesy of Ridgewood, said the film depicts Greek mythology through parkour movements. Horan plays Zeus. The film is slated to be released in January 2013.
Looking for papalo?
This fresh herb, papalo, is often used in place of cilantro (it might be an option for your cilantro haters – yes, that soapy taste you detect has to do with genetics) in Mexican and other Latin American food, and can be found pretty easily in Queens – check the Mi Tierra market (which has a fantastic produce section) on Roosevelt near 85th Street (GMAP) and also at the Socrates Sculpture Park greenmarket in LIC (GMAP).
Besides world-class tennis and a world-class venue, one highlight of the US Open this year has been the signature cocktail. Sweetly named the Grey Goose Honey Deuce, it’s a mixture of lemonade, vodka, and black raspberry liqueur – garnished with three adorable honeydew melon balls to get you into the tennis spirit.
The drink, which is sold at the concession stands inside Arthur Ashe Stadium and at Grey Goose Bar in the outdoor plaza, comes in a US Open 2012 tumbler that you can keep. The collectible cup lists all of the champions, men and women, from 1968 to 2011.
If you didn’t get tickets to the Open this year, try making your own Honey Deuce at home while you watch the finals on TV. This video from the Wall Street Journal reveals the recipe.
The US Open has been the biggest sports event going on lately – Queens is the proud home to this major Grand Slam tennis tournament. It’s really a thrill to be there during the US Open, too. Have you caught any of it, either on TV or in person (and if you were there at the Tennis Center did you check out either of the new fancy bars that opened this year)? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!
The photos were taken by Russ Adams, a sports photographer who has been covering tennis for 40 years. They show the (still standing) 14,000-seat stadium, and it’s a bit startling to see thousands of people converging on and temporarily taking over Forest Hills. The crowds were big. (more…)
As we mentioned just a little while ago, the US Open Qualifying Tournament – which is FREE, we might add – is happening today through Friday. Are you going? If so, what are you looking forward to the most?
How would you like to see parking lots turn into parking garages in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (GMAP)? Well, that might become a reality if the United States Tennis Association gets their way and succeeds in building two parking garages in place of two existing parking lots (X marks the spots in the above image), in conjunction with their expansion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 500 additional parking spaces would be added as a result. It’s important to note also that the Tennis Center’s lease with the city allows for access to 800 more parking spaces than are already in place (here’s more about the USTA’s strategic vision project). (more…)