Gallery: New Zoning Proposal Could Bring 1,200 Acres of Rooftop Farms t...

A new proposal by the Department of City Planning would allow commercial buildings throughout the city to be topped with rooftop farms or greenhouses without increasing the building’s floor area ratio and height restrictions. According to a study by the Urban Design Lab, this amendment could bring almost 1,200 acres of rooftop farms to the city. The zoning proposal was spurred by the popularity of rooftop farms such as the expanding Brooklyn Grange.

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  1. gil lopez February 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm
    This won't "pave the way to much greener future in NYC", it will DEpave the way to a greener city! @MrNewYork: I don't think the new rules allow pot... @zaki: ideally irrigation runoff would be captured and reused. Chemicals should be minimized via organic practices. Green/living roofs are technical systems designed and installed specifically to prevent water leaks, root penetration and to support living systems. for more info consider taking my class this spring: I'm also going to be offering a Skillshare class on this topic soon.
  2. zaki ghazalli February 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm
    What about runoffs from irrigation and chemicals? Won't they cause corrosion and seepage to the floors below? Please respond. Very interested.
  3. MrNewYork February 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    This is great. Grow greens, tomatoes, peppers, okra, pot, carrots, salad greens, and on and on. Fresh, less expensive. The only problem I see would be the necessary water; it is so hot up n the roof.