I'm finally going to be in New York for the U.S. Open, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips. Are there particularly good places or bad places to stay in New York, or can you get to the U.S. Open from almost anywhere (I get the impression it is the latter)? Are there any obstructed views in Arthur Ashe stadium? Are there any tricks for getting tickets? Here is what I've found so far: 1. I managed to get discount tickets from plumbenefits. I'm not sure what is involved in getting a membership (borrowed a friends), but the tickets were 40% off using their code at Ticketmaster, and you could get them as late as the day sessions for the last Thursday (one of the men's quarterfinals). I wanted to see the men's quarterfinals (Wednesday and Thursday) or men's semfinals (Saturday morning and afternoon) or men's final (Sunday). I couldn't get tickets to the finals, and couldn't get discount tickets to the semifinals, but did get discounts to one of the men's quarterfinals (Thursday during the day) 2. It sounds like there isn't really a better or worse place to sit in Ashe, beyond just ticket price and personal preference. As a weird additional question, has anyone every had success trying to get a press pass? I've written a few articles online (http://www.lunch.com/tags/Tennis-1002541-Overview.html), and I was hoping to parlay that into some sort of press pass. I'm guessing the odds are infinitesimal, and that press passes are reserved for real journalists, but if someone had pulled this off without writing for a real paper, I'd love to hear how.