America truly is the land of opportunity -- where any good idea, no matter how ridiculous it may seem, can make you money.
Take for instance The Participation Agency, a company that brings together "brands and investors with creative ventures that shape and challenge the cultural landscape." Their brilliant new business idea allows New Yorkers to enjoy the life of the suburbs without ever leaving the city. For $50/hour, residents of the Big Apple can rent a backyard, complete with an encircling picket fence.
They call it Timeshare Backyard, and it's a real money-maker:
The backyard is located on Ludlow Street, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a place known as the city’s hipster headquarters, and you can have it all to yourself and up to 30 friends, for just 50 bucks. But this will [only] get you the green grass under your feet, so if you were hoping for something more, you’ll just have to dig deeper into your pockets. This isnt the bring-your-own-stuff kind of backyard, so you’ll have to rent accessories from the Timeshare Backyard add-on menu. For example, a Slip ‘n Slide will cost you $100, a barbecue is $150, while a kiddie pool will set you back $200. The good news is you can ask for anything, and The Participation Agency will make it happen, for a price, of course. You can even have a local band play for you as long as you pay $5,000 and get a permit.
The very first Timeshare Backyard opened on August 11 and is now reportedly booked up for the rest of the summer. Cha-ching!