An informational meeting on the sale of the historic tennis stadium at Forest Hills which was scheduled for September 16 was suddenly cancelled when a tornado whipped through Forest Hills Gardens at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Considerable damage was done to the grounds of the West Side Tennis Club.
The famed blue and yellow awnings of the club were torn by the 100 mile-per-hour winds, the glass tables on the terrace were thrown and broken, red tiles flew from the roof, and hundred-year-old trees were uprooted, and came crashing down on cars parked in the lot and along Tennis Place.
Ironically, as the bad weather quickly approached, children playing in the tournament training program took cover under the 87-year-old stadium- which stood strong in the face of those waiting to tear it down and build condos. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Perhaps the ghosts of tennis past (Tilden, Budge, Ashe, Scott, Krais) are trying to tell us something.
The informational meeting has been rescheduled for 7pm on Thursday, September 30th at the Community House in Forest Hills Gardens.
The vote by members on whether to sell the stadium parcel to a local real estate developer, Cord Meyer, has been postponed until 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 7th. This meeting- which will be held at the West Side Tennis Club- is closed to non-members.
From The Forest Hills Gardens Blog