"It's going to be a first-class facility. There will be views into the Manhattan skyline," said Mike Delprete, partner with NYTennis.net, which starts construction this week on the $4 million Cityview Racquet and Fitness Center at 32-00 Skillman Ave. The 65,000-square-foot private club should open by October, Delprete said. It will feature seven tennis courts under white insulated bubbles, four squash courts, a health club, cafe, pro shop and steam rooms. Membership will cost roughly $2,000 a year with court fees and he expects to accommodate 500 to 700 members. A stone's throw from the No. 7 train tracks, the facility will have large glass windows overlooking the aqua-blue CitiCorp skyscraper and United Nations building. "This is perfect. It's minutes from Manhattan. It's right off the 59th Street Bridge," said Mark Kraus, general manager of NYTennis.net.The company has five tennis operations in the city. In Queens, it runs Bay Terrace Tennis Center in Bayside and Cunningham Tennis Center in Fresh Meadows. The other three are in Manhattan and the Bronx. Long Island City has had a rocky relationship with tennis clubs. The 19-court East River Tennis Club on Vernon Boulevard folded two years ago. Long Island City Tennis, which operated on the third floor of the Schwartz Chemical Co. building on Second Street, has been closed for years.NYTe
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