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East Harlem Lancaster Lexington Co-Op Offers Green Roof Garden Plots with Each Apartment
Posted By Holly McWhorter On June 15, 2012 @ 9:00 am In Architecture,Green Space,Manhattan,Urban Farming | No Comments
The farm-to-table dining trend is getting an urban update this month at the Lancaster Lexington , a condo development at 117th Street and Lexington Avenue  in Manhattan. Each apartment in the 29-unit building, which offers a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, comes with its own 30-square-foot rooftop garden  plot for residents to plant with whatever fruits, veggies or herbs they want. With this unique new amenity, we think roof-to-table dining could become the hottest trend in Harlem before the summer’s out.
According to developer Steven Bluestone , the project received support from the city (via New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito ) because it was a way to provide air-cleansing greenery in an area with high asthma rates—an issue common to low-income urban areas such as East Harlem. And the building is green in other ways, too. Built to meet LEED  green building standards, it has thick, super-insulated walls, energy-efficient lighting and water-saving fixtures throughout. Looks like the “green for all” movement is gaining momentum in New York City.
Via NYDailyNews.com 
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