Inside the West Side Tennis Club's historic stadium, Lil Wayne and protégé Drake duked it out on the stage for their New York City fans.
West Side Tennis Club president Roland Meier congratulated promoters for their work in another successful show at 1 Tennis Pl.
“It was incredible,” Meier said. “The seats were lower than the maximum allowed, the crowds cleared out within 21 minutes and it was a great show. Everyone seemed happy.”
Chris Jaray, 35, has lived at the corner of Clyde Street and 69th Avenue, just across the street from the stadium, his entire life.
“I think this concert was a little bigger (than previous shows), and I still think they did a really good job,” Jaray said as he and his neighbors watched the crowds file out. “It’s been here for years and years, and there were concerts in the 60’s, there were concerts in the 90’s. It’s never been a problem, and I don’t see why it would be one now.”
While Jaray and the neighbors admitted there are some who are opposed to the noise, they seem to think the tennis club is going about the concert revival plan the right way.
“It is a very quiet neighborhood, so I can understand that it’s a lot for the people to take in,” he said. “The number [of shows per summer] they have now is good.”
Despite the club’s concern over bringing in the sometimes-profane performers, Meier said he hopes the positive response from the community is a tell-tale sign for future concerts.
“I feel like we passed a major hurdle for a successful Forest Hills Stadium revival,” he said.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz sat in the third row for the first few songs of the rap battle last week, and although she opposed some the language, she was happy to see it was a safe night.
“The police department did a great job, and all the agencies did a great job at keeping the calm in the community,” Koslowitz said. “Businesses also did okay.”
The councilwoman added that she plans to hold a community outreach meeting at her office to address the concerns from the community.
As for the outcome of the Marvel-themed rap battle, Drake took home the victory in the final bout.