The Freshest Food is from Above: New York’s Rooftop Gardens

Kara Schlotthauer

Agriculture reaches further than just in the acres of open farmland in the Midwest; it’s also suspended above pedestrians’ heads in the middle of NYC. Gardens are taking over the roofs of New York’s buildings, silencing the excuse that wide open spaces are necessary to produce quality, fresh vegetables and herbs. These rooftop gardens find their places atop apartment buildings and restaurants, while New Yorkers also use plots of ground-level land where possible to establish urban farms. Urbanites have taken their nutrition into their own hands to get only the best ingredients to support a healthy lifestyle, ranging from a few contained plants to bulging green expanses.

Even city lawmakers are on board with more green spaces. A bill is currently in the works that would promote the importance of urban farming and community gardens, protecting them and adding bright spots of growth to vacant lots around the area.

Many small community gardens and farms are spread throughout the city’s neighborhoods, located largely on publicly-owned land or operated by nonprofit organizations to make the food accessible to community members.

A few of the largest gardens crowning New York’s rooftops, though, are listed below.

Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center

Instagram: @riverparknyc

Instagram: @riverparknyc

A year-long paused construction site caught the attention of Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Gramercy Tavern alum Sisha Ortuzar as the perfect site to grow the freshest ingredients for their restaurant. Planted in milk crates, the portable garden relocated to the plaza’s north side when construction restarted, not giving up on the quality of the dishes served with the 100 types of fresh vegetables.

Bell Book & Candle

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Using a vertical garden system, Bell Book & Candle is a host for a lush rooftop garden, placing the highest value on locally and organically grown produce. The menu selections heavily rely on the available ingredients acquired from the garden and cycles through the year’s seasons, bringing guaranteed savory flavors to every dish prepared.

Brooklyn Grange

Instagram: @brooklyngrange

Instagram: @brooklyngrange

Despite the location its name suggests, this rooftop garden is based out of Long Island City. Claiming five and a half acres of rooftop space across Brooklyn and Queens, Brooklyn Grange operates the largest rooftop soil farms in the world. Since 2010, it’s passion is to grow and source food to local communities in the eco-friendliest way. Modern urban agriculture takes its cues from Brooklyn Grange, and the 80,000 lbs. of produce isn’t all that it offers. The rooftop gardens double as event venues for yoga classes, weddings and dinner parties.

 If you don’t want to walk down the street for a ripe tomato or a sprig of parsley, you could create your own garden with a bit of a green thumb. While personal rooftop gardens require a considerable amount of care, time and money, many New Yorkers are accepting the challenge to get the best ingredients for their meals.

 The reward of a self-grown garden is worth the effort anywhere you go, from the tallest building to just around the block.

 For tips to start your own rooftop garden, check out these websites:

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Top Open Houses This Weekend

Looking for a new place to live or just curious about what's on the market? Check out our top open houses this weekend. 

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Midtown West

WHERE: 106 Central Park South 14NO

SIZE: 1 Beds | 2 Baths 

COST: $1,400,000

WHEN: Sunday, by appointment only

ABOUT: Priced to sell, the possibilities for these already combined N and O units are endless and the Central Park South location is absolutely perfect!

This south and west facing unit enjoys great light, ample closet space and two full baths. The current configuration includes two entrances, making the bedroom completely private but still part of the home. Use as a pied a terre or as primary residence, either way you will feel at home in the over 900sf - one of the biggest one bedroom units in the building. Please note the space does need to be updated and is reflected in the price, so come and see just how great this opportunity is.

106 Central Park South is a full-service condominium with full time doormen, porters ,concierge desk, in house valet service, garage and an on-site live in residential manager, an in-house security desk and a maid service on demand. Walk out your door and into Central Park, a few blocks west to Time Warner or east to Fifth Avenue with all of the city's best, fine dining and luxury shopping . Your dream NYC apartment is here awaiting your personal touch.
No Board Interview, Pied-a-Terre allowed, Foreign and Corporate buyers allowed.

Marion Minor at Stribling & Associates. For more information click here

 

Upper East Side

WHERE: 10 East 81st St.

SIZE:  2 Beds | 2.5 Baths

COST: $1,799,000

WHEN: Sunday, 8/13/17 2:00 PM– 3:00 PM

ABOUT:  Enter this triplex by way of the main floor's open plan entertaining space, which includes a combined living/dining room, kitchen, and half bath. This floor is bathed in natural light from generous, deep-silled windows and warmed in the evenings by a wood burning fireplace. Hardwood floors, dentil molding, and twelve foot ceilings celebrate the Silk Stocking charm.

One flight down to the master suite; a level dedicated entirely to bedroom, four piece bath, a wall of built-in storage and large walk-in closet. One additional flight down and the lowest level holds a den with second wood burning fireplace, a stylish service bar, and another full bathroom. This lower floor would make for a wonderful second bed or library. 

This coop home is a rare, urbane beauty in an incredible Manhattan location. The Met and Central Park can be seen from your front steps and all of Madison Avenue's shops and restaurants are a quick skip away. Pied-a-terre and pets allowed.

Brooke Joslyn and Gregory Spock at Stribling & Associates. For more information click here

 

Chelsea

WHERE:  130 West 19th St. 3E

SIZE: 3 Beds | 2 Baths 

COST: $2,425,000

WHEN: Sunday 8/13/17 12:00 PM– 1:00 PM

ABOUT:  Be sure to see this beautifully appointed 1496 Sq.Ft. convertible 3 bedroom /2 bath condominium in Chelsea House. Floor to ceiling windows provide loft style living complemented by Santos dark mahogany flooring. Southern exposure over landscaped rear gardens provides privacy and tranquility. An open plan kitchen flaunts Viking Professional stainless steel appliances, Maramba granite, quartz countertops with a breakfast bar and a plethora of opaque glass cabinetry provides ample storage.

Entertain in a spacious living room with a windowed dining area which easily converts to a 3rd bedroom or home office. A master bedroom suite offers floor to ceiling windows, large closets and an en-suite bath with white marble counters, teak cabinetry, a soaking tub and a separate glass enclosed shower. The 2nd bedroom is complemented by a hall bath outfitted with a tub, teak vanity and San Arroyo stone. 3E has central A/C , abundant closet space , a full size washer/dryer , FIOS service and a deeded storage unit that transfers with the property.

Chelsea House is a 64 unit pet friendly condominium. Amenities include a live-in super, 24 hour doorman and concierge, recently updated fitness center, play room/screening room, bike room and landscaped roof deck with panoramic 360' city views. An outstanding location provides proximity to great shopping, dining, the High Line, Madison Square Park and the Union Square Farmer's market. Access the nearby 1, 2, 3, F, M, A, C, E, and L Subway lines. Truly a great opportunity !

Jules S. Perlin at Stribling & Associates. For more information click here

Top Open Houses This Weekend

Looking for a new place to live or just curious about what's on the market? Check out our top open houses this weekend.

Murray Hill

WHERE:  The Hamilton, 305 East 40th St. 5K

SIZE: 2 Beds | 2 Baths 

COST: $1,195,000

WHEN: Sunday, August 6th, 12:00 PM - 1 PM

ABOUT: With both southern and eastern exposures and a highly desirable split bedroom layout, this residence has been completely gut renovated to the highest standards. Features include all new solid oak floors, a brand new chef's kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry, marble countertops, island for entertaining, stainless steel appliances and two modern bathrooms. The master bedroom has an en-suite master bath, enormous walk-in closet, and additional linen closet. 

The Hamilton is a full-service building with a 24-hour doorman, valet parking garage, landscaped roof deck, laundry room, central air conditioning, and concierge services. Located close to Grand Central, it is ideally situated amongst great restaurants, shopping, the United Nations, and Tudor City Park. In mint condition and with low monthly maintenance, this unit is a perfect place to call home!

Richard Zwerling and Benjamin Purvin, at Douglas Elliman are the listing agents. For more information click here

East Village

WHERE:  75 1st Avenue Apt: 7B

SIZE:  3 Beds | 2 Baths

COST: $1,968,750

WHEN: Sunday, August 6th, 12PM-3PM

ABOUT:  Saturated with natural light and graced with a collection of hand selected elegant finishes, this brand new 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is an architectural masterpiece of Italian luxury and style. Envisioned by premier Italian designer, Stefano Pasqualetti, 7B is the only of its kind in the building with special features like a split-bedroom floorplan, and a large walk in closet! Thoughtfully designed, maximizing each square foot, additional features of this 938 sq. ft. home include 8-inch oak flooring, wall to wall floor-to-ceiling windows with northern exposure, an open layout perfect for entertaining, an abundance of storage space, and a convenient in-unit washer/dryer.

The home opens directly into a luminous, open-concept living room, dining room, and and L-shape kitchen. Imported from Italy, the kitchen is adorned with custom white and “greige” matte lacquered cabinets by Arclinea, a white carrara marble countertop and backsplash, and a suite of top of the line appliances from Miele.

Benefitting from a split-wing layout, both bedrooms enjoy a comfortable level of privacy. The second bedroom boasts northern exposure and is adjacent to a full spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub. At the other wing of the home, the master bedroom features two closest, one of them being a luxurious walk-in, and a spa-like en-suite bathroom with custom double vanity and a large glass enclosed walk in shower. Both bathrooms are adorned with with Piasentina stone flooring, Nublado Raw textured marble walls, custom sinks and vanities, and faucets and a large rain shower head by Fantini.

75 First Avenue is a brand new luxury condominium, designed by Stefano Pasqualetti and Thomas O’Hara. Situated in the heart of the East Village, amenities include a full-time doorman, a landscaped rooftop deck with panoramic city views, a fitness center, bicycle storage, and a private lounge with a yellow travertine fireplace, pool table, and wet bar for parties and events. 75 First Avenue is located only a few blocks from SoHo and the Lower East Side and the Bowery, and surrounded by an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, cafes, theaters, shops, and grocery stores. Nearby subway lines include the F and 6.

**SALES GALLERY LOCATED AT 594 BROADWAY, SUITE 401**

Ryan Serhant and Tal Reznik, at Nest Seekers International are the listing agents. For more information click here

West Village

WHERE:  65 Morton Street, #2-J

SIZE: 1 Beds | 1 Baths 

COST: $875,000

WHEN: Sunday, August 6th 12:30PM-2PM

ABOUT:  Enjoy northern and southern light in this lovely prewar apartment featuring tall ceilings, hardwood floors and gorgeous millwork. The gracious foyer welcomes you with a large double-closet leading to a spacious and sunny living room. In the large, windowed kitchen, you'll find plenty of cabinet and counter space and great, full-sized appliances. The tranquil bedroom is set near another closet, and the windowed bathroom features a large tub/shower and a generous basin set in a vanity cabinet..

65 Morton Street is stately 1924 brick building designed in the handsome Neo-Federal style. This fine pet-friendly co-op offers a live-in superintendent, package room, bike room, storage bins and a lovely landscaped courtyard with trees. Set within the Greenwich Village Historic District, this West Village block is a leafy, tree-lined delight flanked by gorgeous historic homes. Enjoy abundant greenspace at nearby 550-acre Hudson River Park, and take in some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife the city has to offer. Transportation is a breeze with 1, B/D/F/M, A/C/E and PATH trains all within easy reach.

Bill Bone at Town Residential is the listing agent. For more information click here