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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

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The farm-to-table dining trend is getting an urban update this month at the Lancaster Lexington [1], a condo development at 117th Street and Lexington Avenue [2] 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 [3] 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.

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According to developer Steven Bluestone [4], the project received support from the city (via New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito [5]) 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 [6] 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.

+ The Lancaster Lexington [1]

Via NYDailyNews.com [7]

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[1] Lancaster Lexington: http://lancasterlexington.com

[2] 117th Street and Lexington Avenue: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=117th+and+lexington+nyc&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89c2f608b08027dd:0x793bc67cc93eef32,Lexington+Ave+%26+E+117th+St,+New+York,+NY+10029&gl=us&ei=lS7VT8frA-mN6QH4w9CRAw&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CAkQ8gEwAA

[3] rooftop garden: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=rooftop+garden

[4] Steven Bluestone: http://www.bluestoneorg.com/

[5] Melissa Mark-Viverito: http://council.nyc.gov/d8/html/members/home.shtml

[6] LEED: http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/

[7] NYDailyNews.com: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/east-harlem-development-residents-personal-garden-plots-article-1.1092132

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