The City is looking for private developers to install the biggest rooftop farm in the country on a warehouse.
If the City gets its way, the Bronx will soon be home to one of the biggest rooftop farms in the world: It will cover an astounding 200,000 square feet. That's 4.6 acres. The spot is an active warehouse in Hunts Point, an enormous food distribution center where 115 private wholesalers sell food that reaches 23 million people in the metropolitan area.
The New York Economic Development Corporation is working on a general renovation of the area, and issued a Request for Proposals to develop and operate a year-round working rooftop farm...
It's great to see the City getting behind a large-scale project that will complement the growing network of community gardens around the five boroughs. If it comes together, New Yorkers could give up the idea of spending a summer day by a fancy rooftop pool for some urban farming with a view of the river.