This is some racket!
Brazen hustlers are gaming the sign-up sheets at the public Washington Market Park tennis court on Chambers Street in Tribeca – and then illegally selling the court time.
Two current listings on Craigslist boast about the pay-to-play scheme, which is considered unlawful vending by the city.
“Looking to secure court time at the exclusive outdoor hardcourt in Tribeca? Look no further as I’m happy to be of assistance. Just let me know what time on the day!” a May 6 listing promises. The racketeer is asking $25 for an hour.
A May 8 Craigslist post reads, “Want to play tennis, but cannot get a court? Don’t want to wait hours at the Hudson River Park courts? Come play at the Washington Market Park Court located in Tribeca. Rated by Curbed as one of the best tennis courts in NYC. No wait. I can secure court time for you for a very affordable fee. Just show up and play. Tennis lessons available as well.”
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