The L train to the G train, just 5.32 miles from my West Village apartment, is the 60 x 100 rooftop farm that proves, with hard work and great PR, dreams do become reality. Boasting a scrumptious panoramic view of lower Manhattan, atop this North Greenpoint warehouse/sound stage, is an organic farm with tidy rows of greens, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, kale, lettuce and carrots interspersed with cheerful, natural insect-battling marigolds. Volunteers, many of them young women in flowing long skirts, lovingly tend the garden, while a few tourists and the occasional photographer wander through, careful to step between the mounded growing rows.
At center stage of this picturesque farm in the sky is a chicken coop with three gorgeous birds who garner much attention from camera-toting urban eco-tourists. The birds aren’t the only non-plant life at Eagle Street. There is a bee hive on the roof elevation just below the growing area, which helps pollinate the farm and make it much more productive. Living inside the warehouse are rabbits, let out on occasion to hop around and make their valuable fertilizer contribution to this most unlikely Brooklyn farm.
I am anxious to return on Sunday, November 21 to the final farm stand of 2010 to buy Brooklyn rooftop honey, veggies and herbs. They have been lovingly grown and harvested, and have never traveled via fossil-fuel burning transportation. In fact, I am so inspired that (if the weather cooperates) I’m going to don my new windproof gloves and ride my bike there – it seems the perfect way to transport my roof produce and honey back home. Maybe being green is as contagious as LOOKING UP in NYC.
Next time, we’re back to the west side of Manhattan where I’ll take you to the well-hidden, largest green roof in NYC that you might well have walked past without knowing it, even if you were LOOKING UP!