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This Brooklyn Heights apartment is located a short distance from a covered pickleball court at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (81 Columbia Heights, #51 - Compass; Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 - Alexa Hoyer) This Brooklyn Heights apartment is located a short distance from a covered pickleball court at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (81 Columbia Heights, #51 - Compass; Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 - Alexa Hoyer)
Pickleball has flitted in and out of fashion since its invention in 1965, but experienced a new appreciation during the pandemic, as people could be active and social while not having to get too physically close. The sport described as a cross between tennis and ping pong has risen in popularity all over the country, but Time Out observes that something about the sport feels uniquely New York – residents live in close proximity yet alone in their apartments or rooms.
A small handful of residential buildings, including supertall The Brooklyn Tower, boutique condominium Jefferson Hancock, have begun to incorporate pickleball courts into their amenity packages. However, the city has no shortage of pickleball courts. This website is a good place to start, and we take a look at listings less than a mile of the city's most popular courts, the better to get home after a particularly vigorous game.

CityPickle at Wollman Rink, Upper East Side Gold Coast

Open through October 9, 2023
Learn more and make reservations here

Wollman Rink pickleball courts Wollman Rink (CityPickle)
With 14 courts and 196 hours of play every day, CityPickle at Wollman Rink is the largest pickleball offering in the Northeast. Reservations for open-play sessions, lessons, tournaments, and other activities began in March 2023, and the installation will run through October 9, at which time the city will presumably start getting ready for the ice rink.

860 Fifth Avenue, #7H (Coldwell Banker Warburg)

29 East 64th Street, #3B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

1 East 66th Street, #7D (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

Riverside Park pickleball courts, Morningside Heights

No reservations required

Ribbon cutting at Riverside Park pickleball court Riverside Park pickleball court opening ceremony (Riverside Park Conservancy)
To the delight of enthusiasts, Riverside Park's improvements included five newly opened pickleball courts, located in a little-used section of the park between the skate park and basketball courts. Even on the hottest days, players have benefitted from shade trees and river breezes. Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, West Side Rag noted that players quickly found the new courts on their own.

300 West 108th Street, #10E (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

390 Riverside Drive, #6A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

885 West End Avenue, #2B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Carl Schurz Park pickleball courts, Yorkville

No reservations required

Carl Schurz Park pickleball courts Pickleball courts (Carl Schurz Park)
In this peaceful enclave along the East River, three new pickleball courts have been set up in a recently resurfaced area. The courts do not take reservations, but when Patch visited in June 2023, the reporter saw proactivity among the players, arranging whose turn it was and a rough skills-matching system

530 East 86th Street, #7A (Corcoran Group)

422 East 84th Street, #House (Coldwell Banker Warburg)

20 East End Avenue, #16A (Corcoran Group)

Pier 2 pickleball, Brooklyn Heights

No reservations required
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Brooklyn Bridge Park pickleball courts Pickleball courts (Alexa Hoyer)
Brooklyn Bridge Park's pickleball courts are located on the same stretch as the ping pong tables, basketball courts, and roller rink. While the park does not offer any formal pickleball events or training, the covered court does allow play to take place in all types of weather, and the address makes for a scenic backdrop.

81 Columbia Heights, #51 (Compass)

Quay Tower, #15D (Serhant LLC)

One Brooklyn Bridge Park, #PH1215 (Compass)

Gantry Plaza State Park pickleball, Long Island City

No reservations required

Gantry Plaza State Park tennis courts Google Streetview of Gantry Plaza State Park tennis courts
In an industrial setting turned bucolic haven, two pickleball courts have been added alongside Gantry Plaza State Park's tennis courts. Players of all levels are welcome, but the park is hosting Intro to Pickleball events on Mondays and Wednesdays starting August 14.

The Powerhouse, #511 (Modern Spaces)

The Alchemy, #5B (Modern Spaces)

The Monarch, #201 (Modern Spaces)

Coming Soon
Hudson Yards pickleball, Midtown West

Open August 11 - September 4
Learn more and make reservations here

Hudson Yards pickleball Hudson Yards pickleball court (CityPickle)
In a few days' time, an outdoor pickleball court is coming to the bustle of Hudson Yards following a successful stint last year. Reservations are free, but there is a small fee for equipment rentals.

The Westerley, #PH1 (Compass)

Soori High Line, #3B (Nest Seekers LLC)

35 Hudson Yards, #8402 (Corcoran Group)

Court 16, Downtown Brooklyn

Opening August 28
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Court 16 tennis and pickleball Court 16 rendering (Court 16)
The fourth floor of Downtown Brooklyn's City Point development is set to welcome seven tennis and pickleball courts sized to accommodate child and adult players alike, not to mention a stylish lounge. When 6sqft announced the opening, they noted that the opening date coincides with the beginning of the US Open tennis tournament.

The Brooklyn Grove, #10J (Nest Seekers LLC)

11 Hoyt, #6L (Compass)

Brooklyn Point, #PHD (Serhant LLC)

CityPickle, Long Island City

Opening summer 2023
Learn more here

CityPickle concierge and courts CityPickle Long Island City (CityPickle)
After years of pop-ups all over the city, including one at TWA Hotel in November 2022, CityPickle is opening its first brick-and-mortar location at 9-03 44th Road, a converted industrial building in Long Island City. It will feature four air-conditioned courts, a restaurant, and a full bar.

5th Street Lofts II, #2A (Modern Spaces)

The Industry, #PHH (Modern Spaces)

5-17 47th Road, #3A (Modern Spaces)

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