Jerry Mantell, North Shore Tower Tennis Association board member, and Alex Morris, the country club's new Head Tennis Professional.

When it comes to tennis, golf, and luxury living, North Shore Towers and Country Club has long been offering what Mary Anne Langone, country club general manager, calls “the best deal in town.”

But a recent addition has made this deal even better. New for the 2019 season, free tennis is being offered for the first time for all country club members during non-primetime hours, Langone says.

“We’ve had a terrific response” to the offer, says Jerry Mantell, who has been living at North Shore Towers for about two years and is a member of its Tennis Association board. 

About 120 people turned out to attend the recent tennis night, where the board introduced Alex Morris, the country club’s new Head Tennis Professional, Mantell says. The event kicked off the start of the tennis season, which runs from April to November.

Anybody can use the tennis courts for free if there’s one open, but between the preferred hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., members of the Tennis Association who pay $85 a season have first priority on the courts.

“It’s a fun place to be,” Mantell says, noting the tennis program is also “a very social thing because we develop friendships and companionships with so many different people we meet on the tennis courts.”

Those who don’t live at North Shore Towers are welcome to play tennis at the club, but they need to become club members at the discounted annual promotional fee of $1,695, down from $2,000, he says. For that price, they too get access to all the club’s amenities, including its gym, two swimming pools (one indoor and outdoor), card rooms, and many other social activities.

Also new for the 2019 summer season is a Junior Tennis Summer Camp that’s open to kids ages 6 to 18 for $60 a day per child, with a discount offered for siblings. Those who sign up are welcome to do so for any amount of time they want: one day, one week, or two months. Plus, there’s a discount rate for those who sign up for two weeks or more.

The Junior Tennis Summer Camp is being run by Morris, the club’s new head pro, from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 1 to August 23. Preregistration is recommended, but anybody interested in signing up is welcome to do so at any time, although it should be done at least a day before a registrant starts in the program, he says.

Prior to joining North Shore, Morris was an assistant pro at the Woodmere Club and he’s also a teaching tennis pro at Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn.

“There was tremendous room for growth here,” Morris says. “They have a great facility.” 

Other new additions to the North Shore tennis program this season include Open Play, Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The country club offers five HarTru green clay courts, several of them lighted for nighttime play. The club’s tennis pro and staff offer private and group lessons for every level of play, and also arrange tournaments, men’s, women’s, and mixed league play, clinics, team tennis, and special events.

The country club’s golf program, meanwhile, is “going really well,” Langone says.

North Shore Towers and Country Club is located right off the Grand Central Parkway, in Floral Park, and “offers luxury living with the added surprise of a beautiful 18-hole golf course, which is challenging enough for the low handicapper but still playable for the average golfer, and five Har-Tru tennis courts,” Langone says.

“We’re right on the border of Nassau and Queens, and they call us Long Island’s best-kept secret because when people come into the community, they can’t believe” all the amenities that are offered, says Linda Rappaport, an onsite broker at North Shore Towers and Country Club.

Other amenities at North Shore Towers include express buses to Manhattan, a movie theater, a beauty salon, a drug store, a supermarket, and a laundromat, even though there are washers and dryers in the apartments, she notes. Studio apartment prices start at about $200,000, while penthouses sell for $1 million and up, she says.

For more details about the Junior Tennis Summer Camp, call Alex Morris at 718-428-5030 ext. 1112 or email him at alexanderbmorris93@gmail.com

For more tennis details, email Jerry Mantell at tennisjerry@yahoo.com.

For more club details and to book a tour, call Mary Anne Langone at 718-428-5030 ext. 0.

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