Wall Street Journal: Farm-to-Condo Movement Stakes Its Claim to Brooklyn Rooftop

Press 04.05.2017
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Josh Barbanel – Wall Street Journal

It was only a matter of time before the farm-to-table movement merged with the Brooklyn condominium boom.

On a large south-facing terrace on the eighth floor of 550 Vanderbilt Ave., an 18-story brick and concrete building near the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, crews are erecting three large metal boxes and filling them with soil suitable for high-altitude farming. Condo owners will be able to sign up for a small plot to grow their own vegetables there, alongside Ian Rothman, a farmer and co-owner of Olmsted, a trendy farm-to-table restaurant a few blocks away. Mr. Rothman has been promised a large subdivision of the plots, and is planning an initial crop of hot peppers for the restaurant’s home-made aji dulce sauce served with oysters. The restaurant is named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed the nearby Prospect Park.

Read more in the full article, Farm-to-Condo Movement Stakes Its Claim to Brooklyn Rooftop, here.