Opening in Queens
March 21, 2008, By Rob Dinerman, SquashTalk.com , Independent
News; © 2007 SquashTalk LLC
the Ribbon at CityView. (photo:©2008 CityView Racquet
A landmark addition
to the New York squash scene made an impressive debut in the early
afternoon of March 18th when the CityView Racquet Club, the first
metropolitan-area commercial squash club with a doubles court in
the 24 years since the Manhattan Squash Club on West 42nd Street,
site of the 1979 North American Open, ended its eight-year run back
in 1984, had an impressive and well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony
and officially opened for business.
The Reverend Mitchell G. Taylor,
founder and president of the East River Development Alliance, performed
the actual ribbon-cutting honors, surrounded by CityView managing
partner Michael DelPrete and co-owners Anthony Gaudio, Joe Shabot
and Eli Dweck, and the energetic buzz permeating the atmosphere fully
expressed a befitting degree of optimism and excitement signified
by the occasion.
too at CityView. (photo:©2008 CityView Racquet
The club, located in the Penthouse at
43-34 32nd Place in the Long Island City section of Queens (five
local stops from Grand Central Station on the No. 7 MTA subway line
to the 33rd Street stop two blocks from the club, whose cross-streets
are between Skillman Avenue and Queens Boulevard, zip code 11101),
features three international squash singles courts and one hardball
doubles court (all of which have glass back walls and provide excellent
spectator viewing both at court level and from the restaurant-bar
area up above), along with seven Har-Tru clay tennis courts, a pro
shop and fitness area and a full spa with four treatment rooms All
told, it is an 80,000-square-foot facility built atop the roof of
the former “Swingline
an iconic structure that served for decades as a tank manufacturing
building when it was originally built in the 1930’s. Its placement
just across the 59th Street Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel
affords, as its name implies, a spectacular view through the spacious
lounge and its panoramic windows of the Manhattan skyline right across
the East River separating Manhattan and Queens.
CityView Courts with New York City Skyline Reflected. (photo:©2008
CityView Racquet Club)
The latter borough
has never before had a squash facility, nor have there ever been
any New York squash doubles courts other than in Manhattan, the one
exception having been the venerable Heights Casino Club in Brooklyn
Heights. CityView intends to be a prominent player in the local and
national squash picture, hosting its first singles tournament end
of this month and possibly serving as one of the venues for the fourth
annual U. S. Father & Son championship
when that event occurs in mid-April.
The squash program at CityView
is headed by Mike Weston, a New Zealand native and former PSA-ranked
competitive player himself (and a top-six finisher in the 2005 World
Masters Games), who served as manager of the 1995 New Zealand Junior
(i.e. Under-23) squad whose roster included future ISDA doubles star
(and winner with partner Clive Leach of the 2003 Canadian Pro, Creek
Challenge Cup and Kellner Cup Doubles championships) Blair Horler.
Weston also was the New Caledonia national team coach and held several
executive positions as well in the New Zealand squash federation,
and his ambitious plans for the CityView squash program include private
and group instruction, stroke production training, high performance
junior coaching (several schools are already considering having their
varsities practice there) and US Squash and ISDA ranking tournaments.
site is www.cityviewracquet.com and
the phone number is 718-698-3664.
CityView Courts. (photo:©2008
CityView Racquet Club)
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Historical information PSA Men's Pro Event:
|1996||Jansher Khan||Ahmed Barada|
|1997||Peter Nicol||Jansher Khan|
|1998||Ahmed Barada||Martin Heath||15/5,15/17,15/13,13/15,15/13|
|1999||Peter Nicol||Ahmed Barada||15-9, 15-13, 15-11|
|2000||Peter Nicol||Ahmed Barada||15/14, 9/15, 15/3, 15/12|
Historical information PSA Women's Pro Event:
|1997||Sarah Fitz-Gerald||Michelle Martin|
|1998||Michelle Martin||Cassie Jackman|
|1999||Michelle Martin||Carol Owens||9-6, 9-0, 10-9|
|2000||Leilani Joyce||Carol Owens||8/10, 9/7, 9/5, 3/9, 9/5|
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