The 47th U.S. Open bounces into town this week. And though the annual tennis tournament takes place in the other royal-sounding borough, legions of Kings County fans will be able to show their love at a deuce of public viewings around the borough.
Downtown’s mega office park will be showing all of the weekday matches in the public plaza. The Forest City Ratner-owned campus also screened the World Cup this summer, in an effort to get office workers out of their cubicles and into some fresh air — a scheme enthusiastically embraced by many of this paper’s employees. The grounds are dotted with comfy lawn chairs, in which you can kick back and feel like a line judge.
MetroTech Center (Myrtle Avenue between Bridge and Lawrence streets in Downtown, www.downt
Brooklyn’s front lawn is showing all the matches and throwing picnic parties on the weekends. The first 500 attendees to arrive will receive a special picnic basket filled with tasty goodies to snack on while watching our athletic betters run around in the sun. There will also be a kids tennis court, a photobooth, and some free blankets.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 [Near the corner of Old Fulton and Furman streets in Brooklyn Heights, www.brook
Several watering holes also said they would be showing matches — though you might want to call and check to see if the Open is on before you head over. Here are a couple we like who promised to tune their TVs in if you ask nicely.
Catch a set or two before a set by your favorite local band at Spike Hill [186 Bedford Ave. between North Sixth and North Seventh streets in Williamsburg, (718) 218–9737, www.spike