Free tennis areas in NYC

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  1. Phil

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  2. Rickson

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    That just about sums it up. But if you've got a strong personality, NYC can be the greatest city on Earth for you.
     
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  3. tennisplayer1981

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    There's courts in Jamaica, but I don't know the address. I've been there once, and it's not crowded but the courts are dirty so you're balls basically turn black after one session. (I think the dirt is from all the industrial around the area.) The competition there is pretty good. I play at Cunningham Park sometimes (because I live right across Union Turnpike), but it gets crowded there especially on weekends. If that's the case, then I usually drive out to New Hyde Park in Long Island (about a 10-15 min drive). The courts can be crowded sometimes on a nice day.

    As for the permits, $100 for a season is highway robbery. When I was about 14-15, I had a permit for $10 but I regret not playing as much. My dad practically dragged me to the court so he could reserve a court for an extra 30 mins. If only I had the love of the game back then as I do now...
     
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  4. Rickson

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    Are you talking about Tully Park which is right next to that blue water tower? I play there every opportunity I get.
     
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    The one near the driving ranges and mini golf? Then no. I go to the one on (I think) Marcus Ave and Union Turnpike. I think it's Clinton Park, or something along those lines.
     
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    My place is just off of Hillside Ave.. I've seen the high nets up there for golf so I think we mean the same place. Where's your place? Are you talking about the courts next to the swimming pool?
     
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    I just looked it up online. I go to the Clinton G. Martin memorial park right by the swimming pools on Marcus Ave and Union Turnpike.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&u...latlng=40755970,-73686930,2896328509871834972
     
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    One last question for confirmation. As you walk to the tennis courts, do you see one enclosed court that's specifically for paddle tennis? A much smaller court in other words.
     
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    Yes, I've played on them before. Talk about working on volleys!

    And there's the creepy haunted house to the right as you walk to the tennis courts.
     
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    Haunted house? I think you're talking about the courts in Amityville.
     
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    Nope never been to that one. I'm talking about the one next to the paddle courts. That house is very old and dilapidated. I doubt people have lived there for decades.
     
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    Don't you need to show the security guard at the gate your ID? You need a local address to use the courts and the pool. Do you have a Manhasset or NHP address?
     
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    Rickson, you've proven yourself unreliable on matters concerning permits and ID's. Remember the great NYC tennis permit scandal earlier in this thread (or was it another thread? In any case, it was scandalous.)
     
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    Like I'd ever pay for a permit.
     
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    Funny thing about those courts is that they have teenagers working the booth and don't give a damn who plays there. I just wave at them and say "tennis please?" and they wave me in while reading a magazine with the radio on. And I don't even live in that area- I live in Queens.

    I think you only need a permit to swim in the pool, and even then you show it at the entrance to the pool, not at the booth. And I don't swim there. Can you imagine all the crap (literally) that floats in that cesspool?
     
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    I have an answer for ya - get out of NYC.

    this is america... everywhere else you'd have free public courts within 5 minutes.
     
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    Sure, you can get out of NYC and find free courts everywhere, but at what price? Living in Kansas?? New York is like the Rolls Royce of states. Of course it's going to cost more than Chevy Nova-type states like Nebraska, Canada, Michigan, Iowa, etc.
     
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    ...and what good is free public courts if there arent anyone to play with??? I can goto any public courts in NYC by myself and always find someone decent to hit with...no appointment necessary:)
     
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    We call next on the tennis courts like we do when we play basketball. NYC rules can be pretty intimidating for outsiders.
     
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    That's right. Fight or flight- the first rule of NYC. We're literally like dogs when it comes to claiming territory. Why else do most gangs originate here? ;)
     
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    To sum it up, NYC is not an easy to place to play for most tennis enthusiasts, but for those of us who live here, we wouldn't have it any other way.
     
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    That's exactly right.
     
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    I got next!
     
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    Be a true New Yorker! We all hate Bloomberg!
     
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    I live in New York.
     
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    Now the New York pride comes out?

     
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    Upstate New York
     
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    Do you have a farmhouse?
     
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    No, I don't.
     
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    Am I fitting that stereotype yet?
     
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    He was rallying today for the congestion pricing while wearing a Yankees jacket. The game was rained out so harhar to him.
     
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    Didnt realise so many New Yorkers on TT...

    Upper Manhattan here

    Sound off, fellow New Yorkers!
     
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    Jo11y's reppin Strong Island!!! Anyone from money makin Manhattan?
     
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    You snob, upper east sider!
     
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    no way, Jose! I rep Washington Heights/Inwood!!!
     
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    Nope, I'm wankin' in Westchester.
     
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    You play on those courts under the GW bridge, or pay to play at the Columbia indoor courts?
     
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    Why not? .
     
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    Wish I could afford to play at Columbia...$86 an hour last time I checked:evil:. I play under the bridge from time to time. I usually play at Inwood Hill Park...9 courts and plenty good players.
     
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    where exactly is inwood hill park? And is it park of the NYC parks system?
     
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    211th street and Seaman ave. Yeah, NYC public courts.
     
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    Is Seaman Avenue anywhere near Jism Boulevard?
     
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    LMFAO...there's Cummings street that meets up with Seaman ave. I kid you not! You can look it up on Google or Mapquest
     
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    Enough about gay NYC streets!
     
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    LOL...it's that "wankin in" westchester dude, heycal
     
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    Not easy to spot Cummings street, but Dyckman street sure got my attention.
     
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