2011 US Open

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  1. Will Wilson

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    I will be traveling to New York City for the first two days of the US Open. I am wondering if there are any safe, convenient places to stay near the US Tennis Center in Flushing / Corona Park. Ideally, within walking distance. Otherwise, i would be commuting from Manhattan.

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    Nothing in short walking distance. Laguardia Airport not too far, a doable walk, some hotel/motel places near there that would be adequate but not all that pleasant, pretty much on the highway or in some marginal neighborhoods. Look for Laguardia Airport area hotels. Personally I'd stay in Manhattan and just take the #7 subway.
     
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    Another option is to stay in Flushing Queens. You will be one stop away from the Open. You won't need a car, you won't want a car, if you stay in Flushing.
     
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  4. El Diablo

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    Things may be better for the 2014 Open. I heard on radio this morning that NYC is in the process of condemning land for a retail and hotel complex close to Citi Field, just across the tracks from the tennis center.
     
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    You do realize that the hotels near LaGuardia are 2 miles in each direction from the NTC, right?

    Check out this Holiday Inn on 114th St- 2 blocks from the NTC.
    http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/corona/nycoa/hoteldetail?hotelCode=nycoa

    Marginal neighborhoods huh? :???:
     
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    Don't you know that anywhere other than NYC is dubious quality?

    EAch day after attending the Open, I go back to Long Island and have myself completely detoxed by professional and sent everything I carried to the incinerator. Quite a pain to burn my Driver license, credit cards, and melting my keys but can't risk bringing dirt from Queens back to the island.
     
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    The commute isn't bad. I did it last year (my first time in Manhattan). Very easy travel on the subway. I felt safe the whole time. I'm looking to return again - lots of fun at the Arthur Ashe stadium.
     
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    I don't remember a lot from trip to the USO in 2005, but I do remember that taking the subway was very easy, it seems like most of the people on it were going to/coming from the Open just like me, and NYC is effing expensive. Perhaps you can stay anywhere along the #7, especially somewhere with more reasonable food choices.
     
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    That was funny.

    To the OP, take the #7. You ain't staying in a place next to the stadium (US Open ain't Indian Wells).
     
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    out-of-towners are funny
     
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    I have a small villa on the shores of Lake Corona. You're all welcome to join us for pre-match orgies of booze, 9 ball pool and DVDs of old French Open matches. Specifically, the Borg Lendl final.
     
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    Joel,

    They let you back in?
     
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    My fan base extends deep into the TW family.

    I was blessed with another shot at pure GOATness.

    Its like, my true destiny.

    I'll see you on the shores of Lake Corona soon my sweet n' sassy SoulPostMate(tm).
     
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  15. dennis10is

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    Are you gonna be able to make it out to the island this outdoor season?
     
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    I spoke to one of my attorneys this afternoon and she said I could go to LI this year.
     
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  17. dennis10is

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    Good. Looking forward to it.
     
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  18. cork_screw

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    Don't do flushing. I just don't trust it because anything out in far queens and brooklyn is just not regulated as much as it is when you get closer to the city. People can scam and screw you over and it might fly under the radar. Anyways, there's nothing to do around flushing and the commute is a bi tch. Manhattan is pricey. Also, watch out for bedbugs. You can not get rid of them once they're in your belongings, they don't die and they will feast on. There's places that offer deals for travelers. Go on craigslist, they're good deals and none too expensive.


     
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    New York City is very safe all year unless you carry a weapon. Crocodile Dundee time is long gone.
     
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    I stayed in a sublet pretty close by about 2 to 3 train stops away in Corona. It was well worth it.
     
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  22. fedfan86

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    Hi,

    I am hoping to go to the US Open this year. I live in the UK and just wanted some advice on getting tickets. I am only able to travel over the second weekend, most likely on the Sunday, and only interested in sessions with men's matches.

    Just wondering if it is worth getting a USTA membership for priority booking for Ashe in April. Also, are you able to buy more than one ticket with one USTA membership ($42 option)? Or, is it quite easy to get tickets on general sale on Ticketmaster in June? I don't mind getting tickets in the 'nosebleed' stand, I'm not likely to have enough money to justify spending more! But with a USTA membership are you more likely to get slightly better tickets in this stand...?

    I'm hoping to get tickets for all the men's quarters sessions, semis and final. And I'm considering getting evening session tickets for the fourth round matches on Ashe. Might consider getting Day sessions on Armstrong for the fourth round - is it necessary to book in advance for the fourth round? I'm thinking of waiting until I get there and see the order of play to see what sessions to go for for the fourth round. Seems the Monday might be a bit tough though with Labour Day...

    Thanks for any help and advice in advance! (And apologies for the long post!)
     
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  23. DCaicedo

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    As much as I try to support the USTA, for your purposes I would not invest in the membership (solely for getting tickets) just because you should be able to get the tickets you want through Ticketmaster in June. I'm not sure if a USTA membership will give you a certain percentage off the ticket price, but the price won't be significantly different. My only recommendation would be to do it early (i.e. the minute they go on sale), just to be on the safe side.

    For 4th Round, again, I think you can wait. However, be prepared to possibly wait in long lines.

    As a disclaimer, I've only attended the SFs once, and it was through a corporate sponsor. So I don't really know the scene for QFs, SFs, or the F. I've gone to the 3rd Round, and managed to get tickets as late as July or August for those, through Ticketmaster. The later rounds kinda bore me and I prefer my $2 Heinekens at home, versus the $10 ones at the USO. :)
     
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    Your post is contradictory, when exactly are you planning to go? You mention the second weekend, which is only the ladies and men's finals, then you talk about Labor Day, which is the first weekend.

    Anyway, I would suggest that yes, if you want something other than grounds passes, you purchase in advance. I suppose you can take your chances with StubHub and other resellers, but if I remember correctly they sold out just about every day last year.
     
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  25. fedfan86

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    Hi. Thanks for your responses. Yes, good point actually! Most likely to travel on 3rd or 4th September, so the first weekend...

    I think I'll try and purchase on Ticketmaster as soon as they go on sale in that case. I can't quite remember how the scheduling works, but for the fourth round, would it be worth getting a day ticket for Armstrong and an evening session ticket for Ashe? I'd really like to go for Armstrong, I hear the atmosphere is much better.
     
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    If this is once in a life time or once in a decade trip, get Ashe tickets so that you have the option of going into Ashe if there is a big match. Also, it is good to take pictures of the stadium once in your life, walk around the mezzanine and take pictures of the tournament surroundings.

    Atmosphere of Armstrong and Grandstand are typically much better because more compelling matches are there in the first week and first weekend.

    Good idea to get night matches as well as day matches because you are not going to the Open every year like I am so you might as well soak in everything. You will be tired and sick of the sun so pace yourself.

    I've been to the Open when I stayed from 11am till past 1am with matches still going, knowing that the remaining match will go five sets but just don't have the strength left because I'll be back the next day.

    Tip, bring an mp3 player with radio and ear buds, on the grounds you can tune in to the radio broadcast.
     
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  27. Pickle9

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    They broadcast tennis matches on the radio? lol
     
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  28. DCaicedo

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    American Express cardholders get theirs for free.
     
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    Is this MF? Pickle. Yes, they do and it helps a lot when you are watching one court to know what else is going on. It really is the best thing.

    The used to have little TVs in standard def but with HD, they aren't able to make one yet. Also, it is a bit tough to see because the sun is so strong.

    You can get a free US Open radio if you are an AMEX card holder but those aren't as good as bringing your own radio and tuning in.
     
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  30. DCaicedo

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    Nah- but MF is a genius. Better yet, he's a Madvillain.

    Kinda like Djoker.
     
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  31. volleygirl

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    I am hoping to get up to the US Open this year. Cant wait
     
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  32. zapvor

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    i find that taking the train is not bad at all. and you can chat with all the other folks going to the matches too. it can be a fun ride
     
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  33. Will Wilson

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    Staying in Manhattan / Taking the train

    OK - I think I have decided to stay in Manhattan and take the subway to the Tennis Center. Is it easy to take the subway other places like Coney Island, Statue of LIberty, etc?

    Also, is there any particular part of Manhattan that anyone would recommend for least expensive, ease of getting around, etc. Would hopefully be pretty close to where you catch the ferry for SoL.

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    Cheap in NYC? tough.
    the 7 from Midtown goes to US Open so staying there is most central. I wouldn't worry about transportation. You can get to most places via subway, bus and a bit of walking or cab.

    http://www.ny.com/transportation/ellis.html

    here's one option for you ferry trip. I would suggest you do a bit of research on what kind of ferry tour you want.

    Obviously, midtown is the most central to most of the things that people what to see in NYC.
     
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    Bringing in a backpack?

    I will be catching my return flight right from the tennis center and will have my backpack with me. does anybody know of a place I could safely ditch my backpack during the day while I am watching tennis but be able to easily retrieve it to head to LaGuardia?

    thanks for any help
     
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  36. DCaicedo

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    After you get off the train, and you start walking down the wooden platform, you'll see a (long) line of people with backpacks, purses, etc. This is the bag check line.

    The reason for this is because you can't bring a large bag with you onto the grounds (like some brainiacs who think bringing their Super Duper Mega Combi 12-pack to the USO is a good idea :) ) So what folks do is stow it away, they give you a ticket, and you can retrieve it once you leave for the day. Like a coat check.

    I predict no issues if you do this. Just give yourself time due to the aformentioned waiting-in-line.
     
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  37. fedfan86

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    Does anyone know when the American Express pre-sale for tickets go on sale? I'm sure I read somewhere it was June 1st...
     
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    Hi! I am looking to go to this years US Open. Will probably stay i Manhattan and get the 7 train to the grounds.

    My question is, how safe is it there for a 24 year old girl? Is it okay to travel alone in NYC? Anything advise? Thanks :)
     
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    So tickets went on sale today to AMEX card holders.

    Seems that men's semis and final is all sold out! Anybody know if there is a chance of getting hold of these tickets further down the line...?

    I am still planning (hoping!) to get tickets for the evening sessions for mens 4th round and quarters, but would be pretty desperate to get semis/final tickets too... I'm probably asking for too much!
     
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    The AMEX presale is after the USTA Member's presale. Not every ticket are made available during these presale sessions so I highly doubt that you'll have difficulty finding something but it may be up top, way up top.
     
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    'NYC has become much safer the past two decades, amazing decline in crimes. In the end, it depends on chance and also what you are doing, how you are doing it, where and with whom that will determine your safety. Same rules apply here as they are applied everywhere else.

    I'm not sure that you should wear your backpack backward, in the front, as I have seen some tourists do because it is not good for your back, make you look stupid, and is a sign that you are a mark.
     
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    Well so I am definitely going. anyone wanna meet up? probably shooting for 1st or 2nd day.
     
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    I want to get a walk up ticket on the first and second days, is that still possible ?

    Also, are the tickets good for all day, including the night matches.
     
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    Yes, ground passes are available at the counter on the same day but I haven't done that in many years. It is not worth the hassle of getting there early to wait in line and hope that there are enough tickets. I recommend that you purchase grounds pass online.

    Night match will be occurring during the first week and you can stay to watch those. Only the night match on Arthur Ashe requires a separate ticket purchase.
     
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    Will your TWMAC brethren be joining us?
     
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    Also folks-
    don't forget about the free qualies the week before.
    Though I don't think all the shops, stores, and food vendors will be open yet.
     
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    not sure what the rest of the MAC will be doing, but i am sure you will bump into quite a few of us over the 2 weeks:)
     
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    I will protect you and buy you squishies ... :)

    Maybe be your tour guide, take you on the Hudson, watch the sunset, go out for dinner, hang out, catch a show. Take you shopping at Tiffany's.

    A week to remember! Notebook style.

    [​IMG]
     
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    grounds pass question for first weekend sat & sun

    just bot tix for thu night sept 1. watch out for the $7 per ticket "insurance" ripoff when buying online...question. anyone been to a weekend -sat or sun- first weekend day session with grounds pass? i've been mid week to indian wells with ground passes and it works perfect. but, os open going to be a bit more crowded. concerned that the open on sat sept 3, for example, with grounds passes would be too crowded to move from one court to another chasing interesting matchups. fearful that realistically you'd have to stake a permanent seat at an outer court for the day. almost negates the grounds pass nature of the ticket. anyone have any experience with this?
     
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    There have been days when I just sit in one spot and not move for four or five hours and some days I move around. It depends. Ground passes allows you to do what you want.
     
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