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Best Rooftop Gardens in NYC
Oct. 7, 2015, 5:03 p.m.
New Yorkers are surrounded by tall buildings, concrete, and steel but we always try to find ways to bring nature into our lives by visiting well known parks and partaking in outdoor activities. Some of us even take day trips away from the hustle & bustle of the city when we need a serious break! Yet, you can find some sweet escapes right here in NYC if you just look up…up to the rooftops! Take a look at some of the beautiful rooftop gardens in New York City.
Gotham Greens set up shop at the top of Brooklyn's Whole Foods in 2014, opening a commercial nursery. You can take month to month voyages through the greenery enclosure and witness how Gotham Greens delivers more than 1M pounds of pesticide-free herbs and greens per year at all its combined locations.
Bell Book & Candle
This eatery in Greenwich Village gets the majority of its produce from its own seasonal rooftop garden, the fruits of which dictate their revolving menu. Recent menu items include lobster tacos with tomatillo and avocado salsa, organic fries and a strawberry salad.
Introduced in 2012 and managed by Brooklyn Grange, this Navy Yard Farm covers a massive 65,000 square feet, making it the biggest rooftop soil farm on the planet. Visit the Brooklyn Grange’s website to indulge in one of the farm’s Wednesday tours or to inquire about its LIC sister spot, Flagship Farm, in addition to snatching tickets to their wonderful events like sunset yoga and their botanical soap making class.
Skip over to the top of the McKittrick Hotel, AKA: the home of Sleep No More, and relish in live music, designer cocktails and a limitless sweet-and-savory food menu at Gallow Green. Never fear, there’s actually some gardening going on too! Last year, the restaurant’s aeroponic farm created 4,000 heads of lettuce, and all of their food and drinks use fresh herbs and vegetables made right here in their home.
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
Presented by the production company Broadway Stages and perched on the top of its soundstage in Greenpoint, Eagle Street boasts an amazing view of the Manhattan Skyline, amidst 6,000 square feet of a leafy green heaven. Every last Sunday of the month at 1pm, people are welcome to grab some farm-fresh vegetables from their on-site market and also assist with harvesting and planting.