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New York City’s First Rooftop Farm – circa 1904

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Click on image for larger file. Ansonia Hotel rooftop, 2109 Broadway, New York City.

Erected between 1899 and 1904, it was the first air-conditioned hotel in New York.

Excerpt from ‘The Building of the Upper West Side’ by Steven Gaines

“The farm on the roof,” Weddie Stokes wrote years later, “included about 500 chicken, many ducks, about six goats and a small bear.” Every day, a bellhop delivered free fresh eggs to all the tenants, and any surplus was sold cheaply to the public in the basement arcade. Not much about this feature charmed the city fathers, however, and in 1907, the Department of Health shut down the farm in the sky. The animals went to Central Park and lived happily ever after.

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July 30, 2013   Comments Off on New York City’s First Rooftop Farm – circa 1904

Garden beautifies downtown Denver neighborhood while also producing food for residents

Mandil’s gift of space to develop a garden is much appreciated and well utilized by the surrounding neighborhood.

By Mitch Jelniker, Keely Walker
The Denver Channel
July 23, 2013

Excerpt:

“I pretty much stop by every day,” said Purkalitis.

It sounds like a lot of work, but this Denver Urban Garden, right in the heart of an historic Elati Street neighborhood, is a dream come true for Eric and two of his friends.

“I think it teaches people where their food comes from, and it is very therapeutic,” said volunteer Monty Lambie.

Lambie is another driving force behind this community garden’s success.

It is a garden that produces food.

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July 30, 2013   Comments Off on Garden beautifies downtown Denver neighborhood while also producing food for residents