A Queens landmark that has as rich a history as Forest Hills Stadium should not be idle. It should be treated with the respect it earned during the years it showcased some of the best athletes (and performers) in the world.
Tennis venue deserves better
In its heyday, the stadium also attracted the world's best musical artists. The Beatles played at Forest Hills Stadium in August 1964. In July 1967, Jimi Hendrix opened for the Monkees.
The U.S. Open moved to Flushing Meadows in 1978, and concert promoters opted for larger, more modern indoor spaces.
It's important that the stadium be preserved and not left to rot. Forest Hills is a vibrant, wealthy community, deserving of a great venue. The stadium is surrounded by first-rate shopping and fantastic restaurants.
There is no reason why it should sit, a faded, decaying, hulking mess serving only as the landmark to signal when the Long Island Rail Road is nearing the Forest Hills station.
The times need to change again, in the form of a galvanized effort to bring back a structural, timeless beauty to a magnificent neighborhood.
Photo from ForestHillsTennis.com