Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Another Nail in the Coffin of Manhattan Squash

Another nail in the coffin for New York City Squash. What had been rumored for the past couple of months that New York Sports' Lincoln Squash courts will be closing seems a reality as of October 1, 2012. This is very sad. And the sadness has nothing to do with sentiment, it has to do with the fact that the greatest sport in the world cannot seem to survive in the greatest city in the world. Sure, there are private clubs still and a a few, sorry, 2 City Clubs (not counting the outer Boroughs) remaining. But there's always Chelsea Piers, right? Sorry not those Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, but the one which is a transit system away and just opened in Connecticut. Unless the US squash search engine for Manhattan squash tournaments is wrong (one of my students asked about playing in an adult tournament), there aren't any in Manhattan through the end of 2012. To those who have helped put the nails in the coffin for New York City squash, you can just imagine to which after life I am sending you.

1 comment:

Hunt said...

The two remaining commercial clubs in Manhattan are SCLA at East 61st and NYSC Uptown at 86th & Lexington, right? Thanks to the private clubs which have preserved the sport through feast & famine for decades by paying adequate wages to squash pros; and which offer squash as an amenity and not for profit, where the opportunity cost of operating squash programs in high rent areas is not so much an issue!