Farms eye rooftop space in outer boroughs

TRD New York /
Feb.February 27, 2012 10:00 AM

There are thousands of acres of rooftop space in New York City where growing farm operations are looking to expand. According to the New York Daily News, groups such as Gotham Greens, Brooklyn Grange and BrightFarms are looking for elevated space where they can grow crops to sell to local restaurants and supermarkets.

The businesses can be attractive for building owners who can charge rent on previously unused space and save on energy costs as the soil insulates buildings.
But many of the farms have specific requirements. For example, Brooklyn Grange, which wants to open five farms in addition to the 40,000-square-foot one they operate atop the Standard Motor Products building in Long Island City, requires at least 30,000 square feet of rooftop space on buildings no taller than 15 stories that can support 1.2 million pounds of soil.

Because of the cost of ground-level land, and the constant threat posed by developers, the business are seeking to utilize some of the thousands of acres of suitable city roof space, primarily in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The Daily News said the farms are celebrated for fostering a sustainable economy. [NYDN]

Related Articles

Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

WeWork’s side businesses are fizzling

Joel Schreiber (Credit: Shir Stein and Wikipedia)

WeWork’s first investor used his stock as collateral. Now his lenders are suing him

Tenants at “dozens of buildings” in LA receive eviction notices ahead of California’s new rent law

Nicolai Ouroussoff and Cecily Brown with 125 East 10th Street (Credit: Columbia GSAPP via Flickr, Wikipedia, and StreetEasy)

No criticism here: Nicolai Ouroussoff, Cecily Brown buy E. Village house for $7.75M

NYCHA strikes air rights deal with developer, WeWork shuttering its pricey private school: Daily digest

Alex Rodriguez

Watch: A-Rod on the benefits and pitfalls of being a celebrity investor