Thursday, September 8, 2016

#KrogerNYCBucketList: US Open 2016

Two weeks ago, Danielle and I headed to Queens for the US Open Qualifying Rounds.

Do you know about these? They are free to attend, and they offer great views of really excellent tennis. There were no crowds (a joy and a rarity at cool things to do in New York City), and the weather we had for them was absolutely perfect.

Although the Arthur Ashe Stadium wasn't open, the courts around the stadium were, and you could wander in and out to check out the different tournaments. Below, some kids play kiddie tennis outside the stadium.

The views we were able to get of the tournaments were phenomenal. It was such a blast to see such great form up close, without any crowds. The people who were there were really into the games, though, and it was fun to be a part of that.

After a few rounds, we stopped at the food court and split a Fuku sandwich, which was delicious and a spontaneous thing to cross off my bucket list! (So was going to the open, of course. I can't believe in all the years of being here—and all the years of my old boss telling me to go—this was the first time I actually made it out!)

The sandwich is Momofuku's fried chicken sandwich, and it is delicious. It is also about half the price if you get it at their shop on 2nd Avenue instead of at the stadium. But it was seriously so good that I did not mind at all.

Afterward, there was more wandering around, taking in the games and checking out different courts.

Afterward, we walked through Flushing Meadows Park, one of my favorite spots in New York. (I can't believe I hadn't been back in more than two years!)

And we made our way to the Golden Shopping Mall, yet another spot on my bucket list! Their $1 bubble tea was definitely more than $1, but it was also delicious, and I immediately regretted not buying a large. Afterward, we walked around a bit more for dim sum, and exhausted, headed back to the subway. Danielle stayed in Queens with Jeff, and I took the G train back into Brooklyn, perhaps for the last time.

It was, honestly, the most perfect day of the whole summer.

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