Monday, May 17th, 2010

Rooftop Farming Gets A Little Too Heavy

dirty politicsBrooklyn Grange, the 40,000-square-foot rooftop farm in Queens that got a nice little write-up in the Times on Friday, got a taste of the downside of publicity pretty quickly: That afternoon, the New York State Department Of Buildings stopped by because the farmers had neglected to file paperwork showing that the building's roof could withstand the million pounds of mass that the farm's soil, irrigation lines, and plant life (not to mention the workers) would bring to it. "Our enthusiasm to get plants in for the season outpaced our paperwork," said farmer Ben Flanner's contrite statement on the matter. Whoops! I'm also somewhat worried about the subversive attempt to turn parts of western Queens into Brooklyn that seems to be going on with the nomenclature here — I know that part of Astoria/Long Island City is gentrifying, but this is a bit much? [Pic via]

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kneetoe (#1,881)

Their enthusiasm to name the organization outpaced their efforts to select a site.

saythatscool (#101)

We are looking for Brooklyn Queens.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Can't wait until a herd of Space Deer alight on the rooftop for a little midnight tomato schnackasbord. Telltale glittery hoof-prints on the Soylent Soil will be their calling card.

Rod T (#33)

Western Queens = Brooklyn – Smug + "Theater People" – Skinny Jeans – Vegan restaurants + Feta

saythatscool (#101)

White farmers from Queens got no algorithm.

C_Webb (#855)

Machines 1, Urban Farmers 0.

HiredGoons (#603)

You could not pay me to eat a tomato grown on a rooftop in New York City.

saythatscool (#101)

What if I offered you $20 just to rub it all over your abs while I watched?

HiredGoons (#603)

I'd do it for a fiver, but you're on.

kneetoe (#1,881)

@HG: This is a trick comment. I know–you don't like tomatoes!

deepomega (#1,720)

I refuse to eat tomatoes that AREN'T grown in NYC. It's the form my anti-locavorism has taken.

cinetrix (#47)

In summer 2004, someone was keeping chickens on the roof on the NE corner of 2nd & 2nd. I saw a rooster strutting along the edge of the roof and everything. Just to be on the safe side, I did not order anything with chicken at Prune.

Soil is heavy.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Aye, cap'n, especially after you irrigate it.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Ever get a flower pot tossed on your head from a window? Yeowch is that heavy! And a waste of a good plant for comedic purposes!

deepomega (#1,720)

In the future, everywhere will be Brooklyn.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Also, if hipsters are calling Queens "Brooklyn", I think I might move to the Bronx.

BadUncle (#153)

well, so much for finally getting a Agway in NYC.

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