If you've walked out of the W. 4th Street subway station on the corner of 6th Avenue and W. 3rd Street recently youve probably heard the sound of dribbling, scampering feet, and the faint whoosh of a ball as it goes through a hoop. With Spring underway the West Fourth Street Court, also known as the Cage, has turned from a mess of snow and ice into a mecca of basketball.
The courts are legendary in the City, hosting their first game in 1950. Today the best in players from the West 4th Street Summer Pro-Classic Leagueone of the Citys summer streetball leaguescan be found here. Each summer more than 100,000 spectators line-up against the chain-link fence to catch a glimpse at a spirited, fast-paced, and physical game. And, though the game is still what draws the crowds, companies like Nike, drawn by the life of the court, have also shot commercials here.
As the weather continues to grow warmer be sure to head to the W. 4th Street Courts as they come alive for a season of basketball in one of the City's most famous streetball courts.
To get a glimpse of life at the courts, take a peek at this quick video by commercial director Mark Foster: