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Three-acre sports complex heads to Coney Island

Russian developers say MatchPoint will be second largest of its kind in NYC

February 01, 2013 09:00AM
By Guelda Voien

From left: MatchPoint NYC under construction, a rendering of the restaurant and developer Sergey Rybak

A trio of Russian entrepreneurs is redeveloping a three-acre sports complex — slated to be the largest in Brooklyn — in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, one of the developers told The Real Deal. MatchPoint NYC will provide nine indoor tennis courts; an Olympic-sized swimming pool; facilities for yoga, dance, fencing and gymnastics; as well as a restaurant and juice bar.

Brooklyn-based developer Sergey Rybak is spearheading the $20 million project — which was delayed in negotiations with the Board of Standards and Appeals for two and a half years, he said — with two countrymen: entrepreneur Drimtry Druzhinsky and tennis coach Noumroud Moukhatasov.

Construction began last June and the facility should be open within six months, Rybak said.

He noted that the area lacks recreational infrastructure and that “tennis in south Brooklyn — especially among the Russian community — is very, very popular.” MatchPoint will be the second-largest tennis facility in New York City, Rybak said.

Aside from the propensity for tennis in the surrounding community, Rybak said the location was also chosen because “where else are you going to find three acres of land in New York City? Even if you did, the cost would be prohibitive.”

Negotiations with the BSA took time, Ryback said, because the city had to “de-map” a street; although it was unused for the last century, the street technically bisects one of the parcels where the complex is being built.

“It was a long and arduous process,” he said.

Department of Buildings records show that an application to build a “non-commercial club with indoor tennis,” was approved last June.

Brooklyn Tennis and Sports Club LLC, the entity formed by Rybak Development and the partners, is leasing the space for 30 years, Rybak said. Landlord Beach Haven Group LLC opted to lease out what had previously also been a sports club but had fallen into disrepair, Rybak said.

Beach Haven, an owner of apartments in Brooklyn and Queens, bought the nine plots upon which MatchPoint is rising for $4.2 million in 2005, city records show. The 140,000-square-foot facility sits near the intersection of Shell Road and Avenue Z.

Rybak’s previous real estate ventures include 3001 Ft Hamilton Parkway, an 11-unit condominium project in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, and 390 Kings Highway, a 28-unit condominium in Gravesend, Brooklyn.

  • The Hessman

    Yohhhh Sergy !….
    Why don’t you just travel over the bridge (VZ) you will find an abundance of acreage in NYC and a huge Russian population that is undeserved- I mean Staten Island is still New York City the last time I checked……Dahhh?!

    • The Bermeister

      Dahhh…Can they afford the toll…nyet!

    • realposter

      because maybe they simply prefer to stay in their home borough…. unlike many thousands from South Brooklyn that moved over the bridge to “escape”.

  • kellygirl

    Wow.. this guy Rybek must really know and understand the market… To Quote “where else are you going to find three acres of land in New York City? Even if you did, the cost would be prohibitive.” end quote… what is he like 16 yrs old and dressed to go to his prom at Rasputin?

  • Brooklyn Man

    GO Brooklyn! With the Brooklyn Nets stadium opening last year to now “MatchPoint”, supposedly becoming NYC most premier sporting complex (I hope), the Russians are really making the most of Brooklyn. As a Brooklynite I am ecstatic that this kind of vision (and obviously money to make it happen) is staying in the borough and NOT making its way across the bridge!!!!!

    • realposter

      it’s a great idea… but I find a little dubious the claim that it will be “the second largest tennis facility in the city”. I’m guessing they mean private – because there is no way 9 courts is bigger than the tennis center in Flushing Meadows or the currently being revamped one at Crotona Park in the Bronx. Both of those hold professional tournaments. Not to mention I’m pretty sure Randall’s Island would be bigger than 9.

      • oleg rybak

        He made his money unlawful and
        did a lot of bad things. Sergey Rybak deserve to lose the rest of life
        in jail for offenses he did, and die in the greatest torment.

    • oleg rybak

      Rybak Sergey made his money unlawful and
      did a lot of bad things. Sergey Rybak deserve to lose the rest of life
      in jail for offenses he did, and die in the greatest torment.

  • walter kestel

    All of people relax. when this place opens u guys will have a blast and want to spend the entire day there

    • oleg rybak

      Sergey Rybak is a very bad man. He made his money unlawful and
      did a lot of bad things. Sergey Rybak deserve to lose the rest of life
      in jail for offenses he did, and die in the greatest torment.

  • Oleg Rybak

    Just trust me Sergey Rybak did very bad things he made his money

    fraudulent. He deserve to be in jail the rest of his life.

  • Boris SvirKy

    Tennis is cool. Any time I see a tennis spot, on thin clicks in my head…expensive memberships. Remember who your market is? Its Brighton/coney and heepshead. I hope this place will have a gym,basketball courts and of ours my preference, volleyball

    • oleg rybak

      Rybak Sergay made his money unlawful and
      did a lot of bad things. Sergey Rybak deserve to lose the rest of life
      in jail for offenses he did, and die in the greatest torment.

    • CoachAgrest

      Volleyball is not on the picture so far.

  • oleg rybak

    People don’t trust Sergey Rybak, he is a criminal, he desreve to die for what he did.

  • oleg rybak

    Sergey Rybak made money by deception, ilegal, and he made to suffer and did a lot of bad things

  • Fred

    I hope there will be some Americans there & instructors who speak English – otherwise it will be all Russian & clannish, just like the neighborhood has become.

  • oleg rybak

    He made his money unlawful and did a lot of bad things. Sergey Rybak deserve to lose the rest of life in jail for offenses he did, and die in the greatest torment.

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