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50 Ft. Tennis Racket Lands in Queens; Brooklyn Rental Report

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JAMAICA?Tennis has taken over Queens in a big way, and we're not talking about the ongoing U.S. Open. New Yorker Ashrita Furman, who holds the world record for holding the most world records, has created the world's largest tennis racket. It's a 50-foot-long, 18-foot-wide replica of the wooden racket used by Billie Jean King, and it's currently sitting in the private driveways of a few Queens residents. The strings are made of water hoses, and the handle is so big, you could barely fit your arms around it. Why is it not being displayed at the Open? Because it's so big, it required special permits for the event from the DOB. You can watch a video of the racket in action here. [NYDN]

BROOKLYN?MNS released the July market report for Brooklyn rentals, and studios are hot right now. Rents for studios have increased a whopping 14.9 percent since last summer, and an average of 6.7 percent from just last month. This monthly increase was larger than the average for Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick where studio rents are up 14.5 percent, 9.9 percent, and 22.8 percent, respectively. [Curbedwire Inbox; official]