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Each UrbanSpace Office Comes with Its Own Rooftop Farm Plot

Posted By Lori Zimmer On January 21, 2013 @ 12:44 pm In Manhattan,Urban Farming | No Comments

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Have you ever thought about farming on your lunch hour? UrbanSpace [4], the company behind the Mad. Sq. Eats [5] festival and Dekalb Market [6], has, and they’re giving renters at their new space a chance to cultivate their own garden plots right on the roof! The development firm recently converted a penthouse on Fifth Avenue into twenty small offices, and each comes with its own urban farm [7] space to grow veggies, fruits and other hyper-local eats.



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Sure, you could get fresh veggies just two blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket [9], but imagine just picking your own (for free) before you leave from work? The experiment, dreamed up by Eldon Scott of UrbanSpace, re-appropriated the penthouse’s space into 20 offices, all which face the private rooftop oasis. Scott hopes that this proximity to greenery, and access to a private farm [10], will foster creativity and productivity amongst the small businesses who will be tenants.

Starting in March the offices, which are divided into spaces ranging from $550 to $4,400 a month, will be encouraged to plant their own crops outside. From flowers to pumpkins, the plants will be housed in simple planters. UrbanSpace has even proposed a rooftop beehive to yield their own honey [11].

Living in a city like New York creates a disconnect between man and the land, so the idea behind the workable rooftop farm [12] is to awaken skills that go unused with urban dwellers, in effect inspiring other senses and ideas. The new penthouse at UrbanSpaces offers an exciting new way to work – around your own personal CSA. Who wouldn’t want to take their lunch break in their own vegetable garden?

+ UrbanSpace [4]

Via DNA Info [13]


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[4] UrbanSpace: http://urbanspacenyc.com/

[5] Mad. Sq. Eats: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/fall-eats

[6] Dekalb Market: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-inhabitat-tries-out-loosecubes-shipping-container-co-working-space-at-dekalb-market/

[7] urban farm: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn-grange-worlds-largest-rooftop-farm-kicks-off-second-growing-season/

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[9] Union Square Greenmarket: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/listing/union-square-greenmarket/

[10] private farm: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn-granges-new-brooklyn-navy-yard-roof-farm-celebrates-first-harvest-with-mayor-bloomberg/

[11] yield their own honey: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn-grange-farm-adopts-bees-found-inside-an-nyc-fire-hydrant/

[12] workable rooftop farm: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-zoning-proposal-could-bring-1200-acres-of-rooftop-farms-to-nyc/

[13] DNA Info: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130121/union-square/penthouse-offices-union-square-offer-rooftop-farm-plots

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