outdoors & recreation
Join in NYC Sports
by Jonathan Zeller, 09/21/2011
West 4th Street Courts. Photo: Will Steacy
New York City has long been a roundball mecca. It's home of the Knicks (and, soon, the Nets), an impressive collection of college teams that play marquee matchups at Madison Square Garden and more. But NYC's hoops heritage isn’t only about games that take place in huge arenas; much of it has been forged in ordinary gyms and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs, places where legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Kevin Durant and Julius Irving have played. While you may never be able to dunk like Dr. J, you can certainly test your game and keep in shape at outdoor and indoor sites throughout the City. Notable outdoor courts—where players often have major skills—include the West 4th Street Courts, Rucker Park, Orchard Beach and Monsignor Kett Playground. Inside, you'll have lots of luck playing at YMCAs, Chelsea Piers or Asphalt Green; signing up for a league like NY Urban; or paying for contests on an à la carte basis with Indoor Hoops, which organizes games at locations all around the five boroughs.