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Flushing Meadows / Corona Park

Once the “valley of ashes” of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Flushing Meadows’ most recent memorable star turn was as the site of the final battle scene in Men in Black. The 1,255-acre park was created for the 1939 World’s Fair, and it managed to snag a second in 1964: We have the latter to thank for the iconic steel Unisphere. Today the park hosts the Mets at Citi Field, the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, fine art at the Queens Museum of Art, fun educational exhibits at the Hall of Science, live performances at the Queens Theater, blooming flora at the Queens Botanical Garden, and diverse fauna at the Queens Zoo. The usual assortment of baseball diamonds, running tracks, tennis courts and the like are joined by an 18-hole pitch & putt golf course, an indoor ice skating rink, and a lake for boating and fishing. Queens’ immigrant communities make especially good use of the well-tended cricket and soccer fields, with some leagues attracting large crowds to watch advanced amateurs play.


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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Clearly Andy Roddick didn't get his mojo back—it must still be out shopping at Barney's with his American Express card! Not to worry, dozens of other seeded players breezed through the first round, including crowd faves Lindsay Davenport and Lleyton Hewitt. Watching the world's greatest tennis players in one of the most picturesque settings in Queens is well worth a trek out on the 7 train (or the LIRR). If you're not too concerned about see-ing specific players, pick up a Grounds Admission ticket during the first 8 days of the tournament, and you'll be able to wander the field courts (plus Louis Armstrong and Grandstand courts, depending on availability) for an entire day for $43-$47. Either way, you'll see some outstanding tennis while working on your final end-of-summer tan.

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