Michael LoCascio, part-owner of the basketball facility at Artistic Stitch and director of the NYC Lady Bulldogs, currently practices with his team on the new courts.
“What we wanted to do was build a facility where we can have women, men and children,” LoCascio said. “We want to give kids the opportunity to play in a safe environment.”
With the courts recently opened, LoCascio said he now anticipates three-on-three leagues to start on the three half-courts – with a full-court option – sometime this August.
At the end of the day, however, LoCasio said the key role is teaching his students the game of basketball.
“Hopefully we can get this going in the right direction,” he said.
The newly finished courts are just one part of what is offered at the facility at 79-08 Cooper Ave.
With an exercise space that includes an indoor soccer field, batting cages and a rock climbing wall, the center also does the embroidery and silk-screening, web design and logo building Artistic Stitch was known for at its former Middle Village home.
They can also cater birthday parties and dinners at their adjoining restaurant, Saverio’s Fire Stone Bistro.
Sal Loretta, owner of Artistic Stitch, said the new basketball courts complete his vision for the all-encompassing sports facility.
“I think it really completes the sports complex title that it has,” Loretta said.
He added that the best part of having an indoor facility is these sports can be played year-round.
“It’s not only going to be a fantastic facility in the summer months, but especially in the winter months as well,” he said.