Originally Posted by gavna
If at all possible try to get to the Riverside Park Tennis courts...... Upper Westside at 96th st. public Red Clay courts that are part of the NYC park system. Awesome facility and it's POSSIBLE to get games......usually closes in early Dec for the season but it's for sure worth a call or drive by. They have a website just google riverside park or 96th street clay tennis.
New York used to have Red Clay public courts all over the city and these are some of the last - once in awhile you get some folks with a "locals only attitude" who can be real schmucks (just like the Rose Garden courts in Berkeley) but generally I have found pick up matches on site or thru the RCTA website and organization.
Dang, I wish I would have known about this a week ago when I was up in NYC. Those courts look awesome from satellite view.