New York City Emerges As Leader In Rooftop Gardening
Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2012-07-12 12:57.
Fed by the appetite for locally grown foods -- and recent zoning changes -- rooftop farms are proliferating across the five boroughs of New York City.
Two years ago, Brooklyn Grange opened its commercial organic farm on a rooftop in Long Island City (not in the borough of Brooklyn, as the name implies, but in Queens).
Then last year, Gotham Greens, located on a rooftop in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, opened its doors last year.
Earlier this year, Brooklyn Grange made good on its name and opened a second location at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with a 65,000-square-foot space.
The New York Times notes that even larger rooftop farms are in the works. The first will be a hydroponic farm in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Last month, the city’s Economic Development Corporation issued a request for proposals for a 200,000-square-foot rooftop farm on a city-owned building on Food Center Drive in Hunts Point in the Bronx.
The New York City Council recently approved new zoning regulations -- called Zone Green -- to encourage green development, including rooftop farms. The new rules exempt greenhouses on nonresidential buildings from certain height and floor-area limits.
The rooftop farms are growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and even flowers. NYLCV's Communications Director Dan Hendrick, who will be celebrating his wedding later this month to Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, are bypassing traditional florists in favor of Brooklyn Grange's fieldflower selections.
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