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These photos are from a trip I made to The Big Apple back in 2002 to meet the newly formed Long Island Bocce Club members and view their nearby courts - this one in Corona Queens.

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This nifty court is a popular attraction for neighborhood kids and adults. It's located in a triangular public park called the William F. Morse Park. Morse was a marine private who grew up in the neighborhood and lost his life in WWI in Belleau Woods, France on July 7, 1918.

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Some refer to the venue as "Spaghetti Park." The patriotic scoreboard goes to 12. Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong lived in the neighborhood from 1943 to 1971 which is also reportedly the fictional setting for the popular TV series "All in the Family."

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I played a game with Mike, a fine young boules player from England who had just arrived for a visit to the States that day. The court appears to be about 12' by 70' with a fast-playing brick dust surface. It has benches all around, lights, and a scoreboard that goes to 12.

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The small but well designed park has tables and benches and visitors play bocce, cards and enjoy Italian ices at the renowned Lemon Ice King of Corona nearby.

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Bocce and chess - two cerebral games that keep our minds young!

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Right across the street - an absolute MUST!

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