Forest Hills Stadium, Former Site Of US Open, Denied Landmark Status

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s storied Forest Hills Stadium has been denied landmark status.

Forest Hills Stadium (credit: AP Photo)

Forest Hills Stadium (credit: AP Photo)

It once was the site of the United States Open tennis championships, music concerts by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra and was featured in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Strangers On A Train.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission cited the dilapidated condition of the 15,000-seat stadium and its buildings in denying the designation.

Supporters fear that without the designation the stadium could be sold for redevelopment or torn down.

The stadium sits within the private Tudor-style West Side Tennis Club. Last October, the club denied a proposal seeking to demolish the stadium and erect condos in its place.

Chairman Michael Perlman had said, “Disney-esque condos would have torn the heart out of Forest Hills.”

Arthur Ashe won the Open there in 1968, becoming the first black man to win a Grand Slam tournament.

The Open championships were held there from 1915 through 1977. They moved to Flushing Meadows in 1978.

The Rego-Forest Preservation Council says it will continue its preservation campaign.

What do you think of the decision? Sound off below

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  • Les


  • Ken

    I say to tear it down. Put a ASIAN massage parlor in it’s place, like the one that got stuck being built in College Point. NOBODY seemed to care about that, especially the politicians, whom I am sure got a different kind of massage, the kind that pays the bills.

    I have an idea, write to State Senator AVELLA. He let the massage parlor in College Point be build, maybe he can help you as well.

  • Paul

    Good, this city doesn’t need another empty building sitting useless and derelict because it has ‘landmark’ status. Rip the damn thing out and put in something useful, like affordable housing or a new school.

  • TTTT

    Since the idiots @ The USTA who designed the National Tennis Center in Flushing did not consider hosting other events throughout the year @ NTC, they should get involved and oversee the renovation of the West Side – they have plenty of money.

    The West Side Tennis Club would be a great venue for concerts and small tournaments.

  • Joan P

    Do NOT tear down the tennis stadium. Any major redevelopment of that area would greatly impact the neighborhood for the worse. There is already too much over development in Forest Hills and the infer structure cannot support it. No RE DEVELOPMENT without another school being built first! That is just the beginning!

    • Dale Auburn

      That’s right, keep derelict ruin standing at all costs and watch everybody’s property values go down the tubes. Some folks just don’t see the difference between respecting history and living in the past.

  • john

    are the demolishers serious?

    preserve it for tennis, no doubt. any local tennis player worth their salt would contribute time to its restoration (with a chance to play a set?)

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