A DEAL to turn over precious East Side green space to a posh tennis club has some New Yorkers seeing red, according to the New York Daily News.
In the summer months, the Queensboro Oval beneath the Queensboro Bridge has long been enjoyed by Little Leaguers, dog walkers, joggers and cyclists.
Jets legend Joe Namath even swung a softball bat there.
The other eight months of the year, a massive bubble sits on the site - home to the Sutton East Tennis Club. Those eight months quietly became year-round recently - and will put millions into the city's coffers.
"They should be ashamed of themselves."
More than 100 park lovers opposed to the tennis deal voiced their anger at last night's meeting of Community Board 8's Subcommittee for Parks and Open Spaces.
Holding signs reading "Save Our Field" and "People Not Profit," opponents lambasted the city for cutting a secret deal with a tennis center that charges fees of as much as $180 an hour - and $800 a week for a kids camp.
The City tried to quietly turn the Queensboro Oval ballfield (left) over to a year-round private tennis facility - Sutton East Tennis Club - (right) without the knowledge of community residents. Photo (right): Geoffrey Croft/ NYC Park Advocates)
"We have achieved our target for 12 percent savings through our agency's revenue and expense budget, " parks commissioner Adrian Benepe said last year.