I met with my intro to Greenroofs and Living Walls class last Sunday morning (May 20, 2012) at Queens Plaza North’s new Dutch Kills Green.
Check out the google map aerial, it used to be a parking lot! With that in mind here is some music to listen to as background for the rest of this post.
Dutch Kills Green is not a green roof but it was a good place to meet up and an awesome new green space that opened less than a month ago that is a wonderful example of the urban ecology concept I repeatedly talked about throughout the lecture portion of this class at CUNY City Tech.
From there we walked to Packard Square North where I had helped Future Green Studio construct an extensive green roof in the fall of 2011. This is a well polished, high design, professionally installed 3,000 square foot greenroof atop a LEED certified private apartment building that is not accessible to the general public.
Our next stop was a private residence located at near the East River on 30th Drive in Astoria. Rob McGrath, a colleague of mine, is creating an urban oasis and communal living experiment on his property which currently includes a greenroof, veggy garden, sub-irrigated DIY planters (which my spring 2011 greenroof class helped make last year), a bee hive and compost bins among other features. Rob was a very gracious host and showed us the interior of his home where the beams and joists are visible under his DIY greenroof. His property is a very valuable case study and inspirational for any aspiring greenroof DIYer.
We had a brief glimpse of the newly installed Farmacy: Edible Urban Farms at the Socrates Sculpture Park on the way to our final stop at The Noguchi Museum (located at 9-01 33rd Road in Astoria) where a community day was in full swing which highlighted The Ivy Project. The class got there in time for CUP‘s “Sewer in a Suitcase” presentation, then City Growers presentation on rooftop farming and vermiculture and Lynne Serpe’s presentation on gardening in public spaces (including libraries!), unfortunately I had to miss Erik Baard’s heritage apple presentation so I could get to work. We did get some English ivy cuttings before we left though.
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