Rooftop Gardens Galore
You may be familiar with the opulence of New York, but have you heard of this latest trend toward creating city greenery? Many people now have private rooftop gardens in which they can entertain and enjoy spectacular city views, all while dining out. There are also many public gardens at restaurants and bars where you can gather with friends to enjoy the open spaces from hundreds of feet in the air. Here are some of the city’s best and most lush rooftop gardens, ranging from the hippest and sustainable restaurants to the coolest lounges which would be perfect for a night out.
Bell, Book & Candle
Bell, Book & Candle sits on top of a 100-year old building in the West Village. It sports a true garden, and the chefs use lettuce, squash, fennel, peppers, eggplant and many other fresh vegetables in the dishes served at the restaurant. Solar-powered technology is used to keep it growing year round so patrons can always enjoy the freshest ingredients. The ingredients are used in the restaurants New American food menu, such as Asparagus with a farm-fresh poached egg and the organic heirloom peach salad.
This super chic lounge has a pretty strict dress code so be sure to break out your best duds if you’re headed here for a drink. Located at the rooftop terrace of the Dream Hotel, found at 55th street and 7th avenue, this rooftop garden allows you to sit back and relax on chic wooden furniture against the impressive backdrop of the cityscape. You can also catch a perfect glimpse of the sparkly lights and action in Times Square below.
Rockefeller Center Rooftop Garden
The gardens at the Rockefeller Center are a wonderful, sky-high oasis. They feature gorgeous, expansive landscaped property filled with beautifully maintained shrubs, flowers and lawns. They are some of the oldest gardens in the city and are sometimes opened for parties and private events. It’s alluring because of its secrecy and also because of its coveted location and the spectacular views of the city you get if you manage to score an invite to one of the elite galas here.
Brooklyn Grange opened in 2010 and is the world’s largest rooftop farm. It covers 2.5 acres across two buildings in Brooklyn. They produce 50,000 pounds of organic cultivated produce, chicken coops and over 30 beehives that supply local companies with delicious food. They also open their doors to the residents of the two buildings during the week to let them use the space to socialize and sample the goods.
Gotham Greens is another Brooklyn-based rooftop garden that specializes in raising lettuces and other greens. It is in Greenpoint and also opened in 2010 and its the first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse in America. It also has a second greenhouse on top of the new Whole Foods in Gowanus. They produce a variety of different lettuces that you can find sold all over the city, from Brooklyn Fare to D’Agostino’s. They continue to work on expanding and using rooftop spaces to provide city residents with genuinely fresh and affordable produce farmed right in New York City.
New York City is known for many things, including its never-ending nightlife, invigorating culture and transportative energy. However, it should also be noted for its excellent rooftop bars, which give you a different perspective of the city that never sleeps.