From The Real Deal:
To the chagrin of area residents the Queensboro Oval, a park beneath the Queensboro Bridge, was quietly turned in to a year-round private tennis club by the city without the knowledge of community residents. More than 100 area residents showed up last night at a Community Board 8 meeting to voice their disapproval, many with their dogs and some in softball uniforms. "We have no say in the matter. It's all about money," said Bradley Cohen, a long-time user of the park. Sutton East Tennis Club, which formerly erected a bubble on top of the park eight months out of the year, will now operate the tennis club year-round with hefty membership fees for the summertime. The city estimates $2.2 million in revenue from the club by 2011, which many residents don't believe is worth it.
From the Daily News:
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.
"It's a money-making, greedy scam," said Jessica Bondy, 37, a mother of two daughters.
"I was one of two girls in Little League and I learned to play ball on this field," she said.
Community Board 8 chairwoman Jacqueline Ludorf said the Parks Department had vowed to let the baseball players back. But "now they say they can't do that," she said.
"I think it's a done deal," she said. Locals are wondering "how can you take this away from us when we have so little?" she said.