Factory fresh! Rooftop garden opens in industrial Greenpoint

Yay, outdoors!: Reese and Everett Kauffman of Greenpoint and Kyran and Yvo Fisher of Williamsburg enjoyed a new roof garden in Greenpoint on opening day.
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The greenery is small, but the scenery is epic.

A pair of green-thumbed Greenpointers unveiled a new rooftop garden right next to the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with a public party on Sept. 24. The green space’s plants are still in their infancy, but it already has a view that can’t be beat, according to one attendee.

“I like it at the ‘green’ stage, it definitely has a great view of the city,” said Williamsburg resident Yuli Fisher, who came to the opening party with her kids.

Local “green roof” landscaping company Alive Structures is creating the meadow, dubbed Kingsland Wildflowers, on top of the Broadway Stages film studios at Kingsland Avenue near N. Henry Street.

The company and a crew of vounteers spent the summer planting two basketball courts’ worth of vegetation, and will sow the same amount again by spring, according to Marni Majorelle, who co-owns Alive Structures with her husband.

By next year, the roof should be filled with blooming perennials and tall grasses — some of which grow to waist height, she said.

The organization secured a little under $1 million to build the space from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund — a community coffer created from money ExxonMobil had to cough up after spilling some 30 million gallons of oil into the neighboring Newtown Creek.

Greenpoint has one of the crummiest parkland-per-resident ratios in the city, and Fisher said it is great to see more open space for her rug rats to run around in.

“As parents we’re always looking for green spaces for our kids to play in,” she said. “We live in such an urban area.”

Right now, however, the space is not open regularly to the public, and is only accessible during events and when people request tours.

But the creators already have several public events planned for the coming months — including one on Oct. 8, when environmental reporter Michael McCarthy will discuss his new book about the wonders of the natural world called “The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy.”

The garden honchos will also organize visits for local school kids, Majorelle said.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Matt from Greenpoint says:
This is great as long as they are not using the sludge from the brown containers on the street that some try to pass off as "compost".

Let's hear some numbers on that program. It seems to me less people are doing it and the flies this summer were down from last.
Sept. 30, 2016, 5:16 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
No offense to Broadway Stages, they are a great company...however..

The money was supposed to be for the neighborhood. Instead its for a well connected few to enjoy when they wish and a couple of open events per year for the rest of us.

"Local school kids" is a well intentioned but deceiving description. The kids in Greenpoint schools do not all live in Greenpoint nor do all the kids who live in Greenpoint attend local schools.

Unless I am off from work on the few open days during the year, our Greenpoint family will never see that 1 million.
Oct. 1, 2016, 7:41 pm
Niki from Greenpoint says:
Hi Ken and Matt,

My name is Niki Jackson and I am the Project Coordinator for the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof. I welcome and appreciate your questions and concerns about our new community space. As it is a project still very much in its infancy, I am working diligently to develop public open-access hours to be implemented Spring 2017. With that said, there will be several upcoming Spring, Summer and Fall events around environmental activism, an artist lecture series, speaker events, and an annual fall festival. Please join our mailing list at for updates.
I can also assure you that no "sludge from the brown containers on the street" is being used in the garden. ;)
All best, Niki
Oct. 10, 2016, 7:40 pm

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