Every summer, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens’ vast Flushing Meadows-Corona Park crackles with energy and suspense for the annual US Open, the contemporary descendant of the circa-1881 U.S. National Championship. Simply ride the 7 train from Manhattan over the Queensboro Bridge into Flushing for the 137th incarnation of this sweltering hard court outdoor tournament, which unfolds August 28-September 10 (schedule is available August 21, after the US Open Qualifying Tournament). Although the US Open Food Village promises to satisfy hunger pangs with grub from the likes of Pat LaFrieda Meat Co, David Chang’s Fuku, and BLT Fish Shack, consider enriching your day trip with a jaunt to one of the neighborhood’s vibrant Asian joints like Tian Jin Dumpling House, a no-frills stall located in the basement of Golden Shopping Mall, and the Queens Museum for a glimpse of the astounding Panorama of the City of New York.
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Need a room? Stay in the heart of Chinatown during US Open Tennis this year at Hotel 50 Bowery. Arthur Ashe Stadium is only ten miles from 50 Bowery – an easy trip on the D and E lines. They’ll equip you with a Metro-Card and a cap to keep the sun out of your baby blues during day matches plus a Wanderfuel Wellness box to keep your energy level up during your visit. Book here.