Archive for October 7, 2010

Stadium Won’t Be Sold !

October 7, 2010 1 comment

Early word is that the Club voted tonight NOT to sell the stadium. If this is true, VERY GOOD NEWS FOR OUR COMMUNITY !

It seems like the West Side Tennis Club members did the right thing here. Forest Hills will keep its most famous landmark.

But in order for this close call not to happen again, the question of where we go next with this historic, iconic building — what sensible use we find for it — must be decided upon once and for all.

Congratulations to Michael Perlman and everyone else who fought to prevent the sale to developers from happening.

More About Today’s Stadium Vote

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

From The Wall St. Journal:

Forest Hills Tennis Stadium to Vote on Condo Plan

The fate of the famous tennis stadium in Forest Hills will be decided Thursday night, when members of the West Side Tennis Club are set to vote on selling the former site of the U.S. Open to a real estate developer.

Club Votes on Sale of Tennis Stadium Today

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I am re-posting this information from the Rego-Forest Preservation Council blog:

To WSTC: Vote Down Condo Plans For Tennis Stadium On 10/7 & Support Creative Reuse For The Greater Community 

Please forward this posting to your friends, family, and WSTC members… A vote at the West Side Tennis Club is slated for October 7, 2010, and requires 2/3 approval of 291 voting-eligible members, in order to sell the iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium to Cord Meyer Development for typical condos, which would entail demolition, the loss of an icon, and out-of-context construction that only 75 condo owners would benefit from.

Before any members vote, please consider its firsts in tennis, music, and architectural history, and how a revitalized mixed-use stadium could revitalize our community and city’s quality of life and economic conditions. If Cord Meyer demolished any part of it for condos (which can be built elsewhere), it would be equivalent to wiping an internationally-recognized site and “Forest Hills” off the map.

As a WSTC member, YOU should VOTE NO on October 7th, and act on behalf of the greater public. Think twice!

Forest Hills Patch article:

Regardless of the outcome of the closed-door vote at the WSTC on 10/7, the greater community can still have a fair say and help save a “landmark at heart” by composing a letter in support of Landmark status, and requesting a most democratic public hearing at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Please take a few moments to do your part by visiting:

The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium merits City & State Landmark status, which would commemorate its history and recognize its prestige. It would open the door towards federal, state, city, and independent non-profit organizational funding opportunities for a sensible restoration, be a catalyst for a mixed-use creative revitalization, which may feature tennis matches, concerts, weddings, exhibits, school trips, charity events, music and art festivals, etc. It would abide with its original yet proven mission as “America’s Tennis Stadium” according to a 1922 ad.

Preservation and creative reuse would yield a greater economic return in the long-run, and accomplish the following:

1. Bring our community closer together
2. Boost tourism
3. Convey historic pride & educate our children
4. Help our local businesses through tough economic times & be an incentive for newer businesses i.e. on the Austin St corridor.

Condos are a short-sighted, temporary, least imaginative solution towards settling a debt, but history is forever. Let’s realize the larger picture, referring to future generations, the tennis and music greats, and an architectural first countrywide by famed architect Kenneth Murchison. Typical condos represent “Anytown USA,” but this is a landmark opportunity for something truly unique for ALL. Demolition of an icon for condos = The Penn Station case of Queens!

Typical condos would accomplish the following:

1. Cater to a relatively select few condo owners (75 units = 200 new residents), rather than being a 21st century family destination.
2. The burdening of our infrastructure
3. Overcrowding of schools
4. If the majority is demolished for a typical condo under Cord Meyer’s current proposal, it would pave the way for more demolitions of historic sites in the Forest HillsĀ  Gardens, which is bounded by Restrictive Covenants, which supposed to safeguard historic sites and consequently bars such demolition.
5. Adversely affect property values within the Forest Hills Gardens, and the adjacent Van Court section, for example.
6. The soul of an icon would be eliminated, and the bulk of current and future generations would have regrets that we lost an internationally-recognized icon that could have been preserved and creatively reused, which Forest Hills is so fortunate to have. It would leave a scar upon our community, and upon the countless supporters abound, in the name of architectural and cultural history.


1. Rego-Forest Preservation Council Photoset featuring Stadium, Clubhouse, Memorabilia –

2. Forest Hills Tennis Stadium: Gallery 1 featuring Joe Shlabotnik/Peter Dutton’s photos –

3. Forest Hills Tennis Stadium: Gallery 2 featuring Joe Shlabotnik/Peter Dutton’s photos –

Bookmark-worthy blogs for stadium campaign updates:

1. Rego-Forest Preservation Council:
2. The Forest Hills Gardens Blog:
3. Edge of The City: A Forest Hills, NY Blog:

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