Granted, the building that Donohue chose to reside in (above) has a history of troublesome encounters with gravity...
- DJ lessons - $300 for six-week beginner course; Scratch DJ Academy: Learning how to professionally handle music can turn the dinner parties and summer night fetes at our place into anticipated events. We'd buy turn tables for some in-house mash-up fun. They'll add hipster flair to our decor. We'll know phrases like "dropping on the one." We'll make the best iPod playlists. Our friends will call us Samantha Ronson.
- Galvanized Storage Cubes - $49 per cube, Container Store: For those of us who would chose chic, space-saving storage over a balcony because our apartments didn't come with bookcases or a wine cellar or DVD storage components. We'll stack these modular cubes as high as our ceiling will allow and suddenly we'll have a fine facility for hoarding. Adding accessories like X dividers for wine storage or perforated doors cost a little bit extra, but hey, we can buy a few cubes each month since we don't have that dangerous balcony to pay for.
- Cable TV bundle with all of the fixin's - $99 and up, Time Warner: Time Warner's digital cable + high-speed internet + phone service package is $99 for new subscribers, $149 for current customers in New York. You know how people appreciate a balcony because of the view? Well we can tack on a premium channel bundle (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz) for an additional $33 or more and watch Dexter, a privilege that many New Yorkers can not claim.
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