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.