AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!
We've never held a barbecue on Columbus Day (or on The Monday Now Known as Columbus Day In Order to Give People a Long Weekend, as the case may be) but people have been asking for years, so what the heck! After all, the only way to make a day of tennis even better is to add a barbecue — and the only way to make a barbecue even better is to add tennis. So come join us this Columbus Day for the party to end all Columbus Day parties and help us bid a fond farewell to the 2013 outdoor tennis season a month or two before it actually ends!
Cooking, eating, drinking, hanging out, making empty boasts, and fighting duels to the death over the proper usage and application of lighter fluid — not to mention forming hundreds or even thousands of excellent new friendships — will commence around noon and continue indefinitely, with tennis and everything else woven in (and out) as everyone pleases.
The rules are simple.
Bring as many guests as you'd like.
Also bring some kind of food or drink.
Tell us what you're bringing in your comment field so we can all coordinate.
Also sign up for whichever tennis sessions you'd like to play in once they're posted.
Join us in the shade on the field directly north of the tennis courts (as in right next to them) and have an absolutely ridiculous amount of fun!!!
Needless to say, we'll also have the usual full day of tennis, so as noted above, if you want to play (and burn off all those calories we'll all be scarfing down!) just sign up for those sessions as usual once they're posted and announced.
So what are you waiting for? RSVP already before it's too late and you spend the rest of your life wondering why on earth you did something totally lame on Columbus Day instead of playing tennis, hanging out with friends, eating way too much awesome food and drinking way too much awesome drink, and watching some really excellent fireworks from the east bank of the Hudson River!
Of course, it would be slightly inconvenient if we wound up with twenty tanker trucks full of tofu dogs and no buns to put them on, so please use the comment field either when you RSVP or at any time down the line to let everyone know what you'll be bringing — that way we can all coordinate.
And again, if you also want to play tennis, please remember to sign up for whichever of the day's tennis sessions you'd like to play in — hitting and playing will probably be a little more fluid than usual, but people who have signed up will of course get precedence when it comes to court time.
We look forward to seeing you all on the courts — and at the grill!
If you've never been to the courts before and you need a guide, please let us know beforehand, and we'll try to arrange for someone to meet you at the University Deli a little before the session, though this doesn't always work out.
Now for directions. There are four ways to get to the courts.
1. Walking or biking through the park — the Greenway stretches virtually all the way up the west edge of Manhattan along the river, and the courts are just south of the George Washington Bridge
2. Walking down along the river from 181st St.
Detailed Directions From 181st St. to the Courts
3. Getting off the subway at 168th St. and Broadway right by the University Deli
Because a small part of route #3 is very isolated, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that any women traveling alone take route #1 or #2, as both are very heavily traveled.
Detailed Directions From 168th St. and Broadway to the Courts
4. Driving over and parking on Riverside at about 165th St.
If you drive, we suggest you park amongst other cars a little closer to 165th St. and the Psychiatric Institute, where your car will be safe. Cars parked up north under the overpasses, where there are no buildings, few cars, and very little foot traffic, have occasionally been broken into.
If you drive, park on Riverside just north of 165th St. in front of or opposite the Psychiatric Institute and then follow the directions from the deli linked to above in Route #3 starting at step 4.
Because the courts are hidden away and very hard to find, we strongly urge you to bring one of the detailed sets of directions with you if you've never been there before.
The 'A', the 'C' and the '1' trains stop right by the deli, and the 'A' continues to 181st St., but be sure to check for service advisories, because the MTA has been suspending parts of some lines lately, usually on the weekends, for track and signal work, and sometimes they run shuttle buses between affected stations.
Subway Service Advisories
You can also take a few different bus lines to get to the deli or up to 181st St.
Bus and Subway Maps
In case you are new and get lost, please bring your cell phone and our number!
Again, if you're new to the courts, we strongly suggest that you bring the directions for your preferred route with you so that you can refer to them along the way. Nobody who's brought them has ever gotten lost, but many people who haven't have run into serious trouble finding their way.
WEATHER AND POSTPONEMENTS OR CANCELLATIONS
Here's the National Weather Service's Detailed 7-Day Forecast.
If bad weather forces us to postpone cancel the BBQ, we'll let you know by email as early as possible, but if we all get together and just sacrifice enough goats, that surely that won't happen.
If you have any questions about the group or the BBQ, whether you're new or you've been a member for years, please don't hesitate to drop us a line!
Organizer, NYC Tennis