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Queens Stadium Reopens; A Particularly Weird Craigslist Ad

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[The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium through the years. Images via Flickr/Rego-Forest Preservation Council.]

FOREST HILLS?An iconic tennis stadium built in 1923 is reopening tonight after a three-month, $1.5 million restoration and upgrade. Mumford & Sons is playing the inaugural concert at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, which, from the 50s to 80s, played host to top-billing acts like The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross, The Monkees, The Who, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Simon & Garfunkel, Trini Lopez, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, and Peter, Paul, & Mary. Back in 2010, the Rego-Forest Preservation Council's Michael Perlman spearheaded a grassroots campaign to preserve the historic stadium, which has also been the site of matches among tennis greats throughout the decades and was the first home of the U.S. Open. Let's see how the neighbors react after Mumford & Sons rocks out this eve. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

WILLIAMSBURG?A Williamsburg resident looking for a roommate on Craigslist (or maybe he's just using the forum as a vehicle for comedic essays) says he is seeking not just someone with whom to share an apartment, but specifically, "an arch-nemesis." That person would "provide constant combat in the apartment. After living with far too many passive folk, I can say with certainty that I AM READY for this. I'm not looking for a bad roommate, per se (i.e. someone that doesn't clean their dishes or someone that sleeps in my bed when I'm gone), but I am looking for a roommate who is willing to regularly kick my ass, or at least attempt to, so we can create an authentic hero (me) vs. arch-nemesis (you) living arrangement." The ad goes on to list eight criteria for the purported nemesis/bathroom-sharer and ends with an enigmatic invitation for interested parties to write in to hear more about the apartment. Ah yes, we almost forgot about that. [CurbedWire Inbox]


UNION SQUARE/GREENWICH VILLAGE?Over the course of five days this week, grad students at Parsons New School for Design surveyed 488 pedestrians on University Place. Their finding? That the thoroughfare lacks open, green space and seating. Pedestrians outnumber drivers by a ratio of 7 to 1, and there's a general dearth of sidewalk space. They collected photos of people crouching and squatting and perching in very New York-y ways?y'know, because there are no benches and the like?which you can peruse in the gallery above. [CurbedWire Inbox]