New Yorkers Can Now Rent a Patch of Grass

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NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Central Park's Great Lawn is seen August 26, 2004 in New York City. Protesters have been waging a legal battle in an effort to obtain a permit to hold a demonstration on the lawn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Should summer in the city more closely resemble summer in suburbia? That's the aim of the Lower East Side's Timeshare Backyard, in which some party planners are renting out a lush, green, empty lot on Ludlow Street for $50 per hour beginning August 11. They'll throw in a kiddie pool for an extra $100 or a live band for $5,000. Kegs, water balloons, and even a Slip 'N' Slide are also optional. Renters can bring along up to 30 friends (who will hopefully chip in) but then again, there's all that free grass nearby. [Gothamist]