The massive 19,000 square foot green roof that sits atop Beth Israel Hospital in Union Square is one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. The rooftop, completed in November 2010 by New York Green Roofs in conjunction with Rally Restoration, boasts a rich collection of shrubs, trees, mosses and herbaceous perennials, and its sprawling size makes it one of the largest planted roofs in NYC. Step inside our gallery to see some of what this very special urban oasis has to offer, from its diamond-shaped skylights to its rainwater-filtering flora.
One Irving Place, the name given to Beth Israel’s green roof, cost $330,000 to install (paid for by the condominium next door), and features 360 degree visibility from the surrounding hallway windows and towers at each corner. Additionally, all residents of the complex experience the rooftop en route to the building’s amenities including the gym, pool and sundeck.
The rooftop also features 170 cubic yards of growing media that help mitigate stormwater runoff and flooding issues in the Union Square subway station below. The quarter acre garden also offers structural cooling and roof lifetime extension.