Spent a fantastic weekend in New York City! A real highlight was learning about The Greenhouse Project of NY Sun Works. The Greenhouse Project involves a large hydroponic greenhouse built on the rooftop of the Manhattan School for Children PS 333, where K-8th students participate hands-on in growing veggies which they then either eat during the school year or sell at the very hip Brooklyn Flea Market (another highlight of my visit). It’s a win-win, teaching environmental science, the importance of sustainability, nutrition, supporting the local food movement, and giving youngsters a real sense of responsibility and accomplishment. This flagship project is the first of many intended to cover New York City rooftops in coming years. Hopefully this idea will spread beyond schools – think what could be accomplished on miles of what is now just hot tar! NY Sun Works also contributes to NY environmental policy disucssions- we wish them much success!
The HighLine is another urban garden wonder – 20 blocks of an old elevated railroad track converted to a pedestrian prominade flanked by beautiful gardens, small sitting areas and great views of the City and the Hudson. Always at the forefront of new trends, New York seems to be really embracing sustainability and environmental creativity head on. Manhattan is a marvelous place these days, if one escapes the throngs of tourists at Times Square.