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Area youngsters get a tennis lesson and set a record for the most participants during a session at the U.S. Tennis Association’s celebration of World Tennis Day at Flushing Meadows Park.
It was shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday that a new Guinness World Record was set when the United States Tennis Association brought together 406 youngsters from various local youth organizations for the “largest tennis lesson” in history.
It took place inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows Park, kicking off the celebration of World Tennis Day and thousands of USTA Play Events throughout the month of March. They are intended to encourage families and children to give the sport a try.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
Construction of a new, state-of-the-art retractable roof planned for Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as other extensive renovations at the US Open venue will begin early next year.
The proposed remodeling of the US Open site primarily focuses on the addition of a $100 million retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium, funded by the United States Tennis Association, as well as the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium across the tennis center.
Gov. Cuomo signed off on legislation that seals the deal for the United States Tennis Association expansion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The governor touted the creation of 1,500 construction and full-time jobs in his approval.
Ray and Maggie Dimmock hail from London, the home of Wimbledon, tennisí most prestigious tournament and most coveted title.
ìBut the US Open is the best value of all the Grand Slam events,î Maggie Dimmock said last Thursday, seated in the Grandstand just off of Louis Armstrong Stadium. ìIncluding Wimbledon.î
Reigning US Open Women’s champion Serena Williams, top, signed autographs for young admirers on Aug. 22 at the USTA National Tennis Center.
First lady Michelle Obama greets the crowd during Kids’ Day on Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The USTA’s 2018 vision of the tennis center with a retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, in the background, plus one on the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, foreground.
Officials from the U.S. Tennis Association are making sure it doesn’t rain on their parade in the future with the announcement last week that a retractable roof will be built over Arthur Ashe Stadium.
During a Manhattan press conference last Thursday, Dave Haggerty, USTA chairman, CEO and president, revealed that a $100 million roof, covered with a translucent teflon-coated fabric over a steel frame will be supported by eight steel columns and is expected to be ready for the 2017 US Open.
by Liz Rhoades
With the City Council’s July 24 approval of the United States Tennis Association’s application to lease 0.68 acre to expand the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, one of the deal’s major supporters, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), presented highlights of the agreement to constituents and members of the clergy on Aug. 7 at St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church in Corona.
Ferreras reported that the USTA has agreed to make a fiscal commitment to the park and engage the local community through various outreach programs.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras said the USTA deal allowing the group to build on 0.68 acre of land in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will benefit it.
The long awaited vote has finally come.
On Wednesday, the City Council approved a proposal 47-1 allowing the United States Tennis Association to use .68 acres of Flushing Meadows Corona parkland to expand its complex there in return for $10.05 million and 16 community programs.
Sparks flew between Queens borough president candidates state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) at a Monday forum in Jackson Heights.
The topic of the night was sustainability but it shifted briefly when Avella accused Vallone of receiving assistance via text messages from volunteer supporters at the forum at Community Methodist Church.
Once, twice, three times the parkland is what Avella seeks
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) may not make the most noise of the Democrats running for Queens Borough President. But he includes his demeanor among the tools he says are necessary to lead the borough for the next four years.
“You don’t need to scream and yell to let people know you’re upset about something, or have a passion for getting something done,” the three-term councilman said. “You don’t have to insult someone. I’ve banged on a table. I’ve yelled at the mayor. I’ve argued with the speaker, but I’ve done it in-house.
“We’ll have to get back to you on that.”
During the entirety of the United States Tennis Association’s public testimony regarding its proposed expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park, “We’ll have to get back to you on that” has become a fall-back option for some of the more uncomfortable questions surrounding the project.
USTA Chief Operating Officer Gordon Smith at a Community Board 7 meeting in March.
The United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park is winding its way through the required input and approval process, as both state legislatures now have bills before them that would allow the alienation of parkland in exchange for land the nonprofit said it needs in order to expand.
The bills before the state Senate and Assembly would let the USTA substitute 1.5 acres of land currently under its leasehold for 0.68 acre along its flank.
When the USTA was initially given parkland in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it promised it would not seek more parkland. This promise was as worthless as a dead tennis ball because the USTA thereafter sought and was given additional land in FMCP, almost doubling the size of its presence in the park. It now seeks yet more land, concededly slightly less than an acre, so as to be able to drastically increase the size of its structures in the park — another eyesore abomination that does not belong in an urban park.
Alienation of parkland requires the approval of the State Legislature. The Queens Chronicle in its June 6 edition (“USTA bill in Albany, care of ‘Senator Rules’”) reports a USTA alienation bill was introduced in the Senate, presumably at the behest of New York City Emperor Michael Bloomberg, by an unnamed senator. Any senator who hides his or her identity in sponsoring a bill is intellectually bankrupt and unfit to hold public office. A state Senate that has a rule allowing the sponsor to remain anonymous, which is the case with the New York State Senate, is also intellectually bankrupt and requires a thorough housecleaning.
The USTA proposes to replace the parkland it will now take, with FMCP land it has already taken, but reserving the right to retain its use from time to time, an arrangement that qualifies it for admission to the Chutzpah Hall of Shame. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D -East Elmhurst), while believing parkland must be replaced, dilutes his belief when he also believes the USTA’s plan to replace parkland with FMCP land is reasonable. Another example of intellectual paucity.
None of the above should come as a surprise, given how The Brennan Center For Justice, a public interest Law Center at NYU School of Law, rated the New York State Legislature the worst in the nation.
For the first time, the USTA held auditions for kids looking to sing at the US Open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where they lined up at Queens Theater
These contestants are ready for their shot at singing at the US Open.
They came from across the borough on Tuesday afternoon to show their patriotism and win a chance to sing at the upcoming US Open Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The United States Tennis Association, the national governing body for tennis in this country and the primary promoter of the sport at every level, held its seventh annual US Open casting call for children hoping to perform at the 2013 event.