Garden apartment! Atlantic Yards condo building offering terrace farm amenity

Growing up: Residents living in this Pacific Park building can garden on this terrace for free.
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It’s farm to condo!

Residents of a Prospect Heights tower can sow their own veggies and herbs in plots on an eighth floor terrace equipped with everything green thumbs need to harvest their next meal, including a fully powered sun.

“The sun exposure is nearly all day and so it’s just a great place to have this sort of amenity,” said Ashley Cotton, who is the executive vice president of external affairs at Forest City New York, the developer behind Pacific Park, formerly known as Atlantic Yards.

Residents of in the 18-story Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street building can sign up for individual plots measuring 3-by-10-feet spread out among six large metal planters for free. The building is described as having a “deep and fundamental connection to nature” on its website — a feature that will attract people who want to get down in the dirt and grow their own greens, according to Cotton.

“There are people who are interested in light and air and having this element in their day-to-day lives so we think this amenity fits quite nicely into that profile,” she said. “It’s sort of relaxing and inspiring. The daily grind of a city doesn’t give you much an opportunity to say, ‘Oh look! The eggplant is coming in.’ ”

Residents are responsible for taking care of their own plot, but each planter comes with its own irrigation system so the big city cultivators don’t have to worry about their vegetation wilting while they’re away.

And the sunny location means that locals can grow a tomatoes, basil, and many other plants that love basking in its rays, according to a gardening expert who said growers just must make sure to show their crops some extra love when the heat is on.

“They could grow vegetables, herbs, any types of shrubs, rose bushes would do well,” said Marty Lake, who owns the nearby Botanica Garden Center. “Most people who fail don’t water in heat waves, when you need to do a little more maintenance with full sun.”

Along with amateur gardeners, the owners of restaurant Olmsted, which is down the street, are using a large plot to grow hot peppers for their homemade alji dulce sauce, said Cotton.

Residents who have trouble getting started or just want some wisdom from the masters themselves can sign up for gardening lessons with the Olmsted team, although they will have to pay a yet-to-be determined price.

Scoring a pad in the Vanderbilt Avenue building isn’t cheap — condos range from $890,000 to $6.8 million. But city slicking farmers who dream of growing their own crops in the sky shouldn’t shrivel up yet, another Pacific Park building at 535 Carlton also offers terrace gardening and below-market-rate prices.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:59 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Eeeeye eeeeye ohhh! Can't wait til they spread the manure like on a real farm!
May 10, 2017, 8:44 am
Tyler from pps says:
Hmm... it's like Rufus has never heard of a community garden.
May 10, 2017, 12:41 pm
Eric Ellert from Park Slope says:

This letter is in regard to my mother Alice Ellert who is being held against her will at a for profit hell hole of a nursing facility called Hopkins Center on 155 Dean Street, Brooklyn, Ny

1. My mothers name is Alice Ellert and she is 86 years old.
2. As for being discriminated against because of her race, almost everyone I have dealt with has been a Muslim immigrant from Africa, which would be fine, except the head of the DOI has a simmilar sounding name. Its all too chumy. I have read horror stories about APS from all over the country, and I know that Eric Holder sat on a thousand simmilar and worse complaints against APS across the country. Also an inspector Ruiz, at NYS Human Resources, whom I contacted, did not like it at all when my mother mentioned that she had voted for Trump, stating that he was Mexican. He gave us a hard time and arrogantly told me that she had to stay here and there was nothing we could do about it, even though a Mr. Obi at APS stated that she could come home.
3. As for being discriminated against because of her religion, I know that it would be culturally unacceptable for Muslim-African immigrant aps personnel to treat a Muslim woman in this manner, although one journalists stated that APS personnell are pathologics.

4. As for her disability, she is very hard of hearing and has not been walking, although this is just from not using her muscles and can be remedied. Her wishes not only are not being met by APS, but no one but Inspector Ruiz has bothered to question her, even though she sent them a letter (enclosed in this packet).

5. Everyone at APS has been dismissive of my mothers desires, even the judge at our fair hearing, although sympathetic, was somewhat dismissive of my mother. I must also add, that a social worker at the Methodist Hospital where she was being treated for 17 days, asked me four questions and told me with a straight face that my mother suffers from dementia and has for a long time. Not only did the ombudsman later call that absurd, but we had the staff phsychologist at Hopkins give my mother a test and she answered all thirty questions correctly.

6. The name of the nursing home is Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and my mother was admitted for what we thought was a six week stay on October 27, 2017.

7. Ill forward the correspondence from APS by Saturday, I lent them to my Godmother who is also my mothers niece and Ive asked her to scan them in and email them to me. She would have a lot to add to this matter. Her name is Maureen Lowery, and can be reached at 917-772-6951.

As for additional information its hard to know where to begin. I took care of my mother as much and in the manner she would allow me to, since she came back from the Methodist in 20013 with bedsores. She refused to go to a doctor except once six months later and told me the doctor said her bedsore was fine. Finally, in early October 2017, i finally got her to promise me to go to the doctors on monday, this was on a Friday. Saturday she started hallucinating on and off and kept making me promise not to call ems, but on Sunday I did and she was admitted to the Methodist where they pressured her to go on Medicaid (which she has always said that shed rather die) She was admitted to Hopkins Center on October 27, 2016.

APS, would not send her paperwork on her case to us for the fair hearing which had to be postponed twice, finally delivering it here the day before the fair hearing was to take place.

Ill begin at the beginning I suppose. I later learned that the EMS people stated she was living in squallor, but that was not the case. About two weeks in to November a furious woman named Rosoline was in our Apartment Buildings Lobby demanding to know where Alice was and she would not identify her self. Moments later she and two thugs in unmarked dark blue chami style outfits showed up at my door demanding to know where Alice was. The stretcher threw me so I let one of the men in. I was painting the apartment a bit here and there for a while, but was talkined into having the painters in and I had moved all the furniture in the apartment into the center of each room with maybe a foot and a half room to the wall for the painters to come in. Again, they were prepared to drag her forcibly from her home without asking her any questions.

A few days later, a Mr. Obi left me a not on my door on APS letterhead stating that my eviction was on for next week. I called his office, spoke to his supervisor, Mohammed Bhoyen and told to come into the office. I explaind the situation and he said hed have to look at the place, which he did and told me that my mother could return home. However, when I approached Christine, the fifth floor social worker about this, I was told I had to speak with Christine Davis who is always in a fury and oddly is the patient abuse/grivance contact person. I was told that APS had a few reasons why my mother could not return home and was sent back to Christine the firth floor social worker, who refused to give me any papers.

So we had two fair hearings, theyd opened a case on me and couldnt seem to figure out why when I asked the APS representative at my fair hearing. At my mothers fair hearing which was held by telephone because Hopkins refuses to let her go, I was told that Aps had closed their case on her and had no jurisdiction to place anyone anywhere. But Hopkins claims they have a fax stating why she cant come home that Hopkins refused to give to us, stating on one occasion to the ombudsman that they werent recognizing my legal proxy, though I have not sent them my Health Care Proxy.

When I called APS you get the runnaround, exept when they learned I had contacted Human Resources about them and everyone including Mr. Ikpo, the head of APS Brooklyn North wanted to speak to me, but I emailed Mr. Ikpo back stating that I only wanted to correspond by writing, since no one has been forthcoming.

I must also add that they have falsified paperwork, Roseline stated that she came to my home for a mandatory visit, but when she left I called 911 and they told me a 911 call had been placed. Im guessing it was the Social worker at the methodist whom I called about getting my mother a physical therapist and aid, since she was being mistreated and was terrified at Hopkins and begging to come home. Anyway, Roseline stated that she came to our home to take my mother away, but the EMS had already brought her to Hopkins when my mother had never come home for the time she entered the Methodist to this date. The mandatory visit was done by Obi.

I must also add that this is a for profit nursing home, written up in the post and news and owned by the Allure group, who flips properties into condos, cheating the city out of millions. Even Deblasio stated that his administration trusted them too much, even if that were the case, no legal actions that I know of have been directed against the allure group. I have noticed many instances of Medicare abuse and the Medicaid coordingater, A Ms. Marilyn Moralles, tried to hard sell me into signing my mother onto Medicaid, when I no legaIl or health care proxy at the time.. She changed my mothers permanent address to hopkins and repeatedly lied about the terms of Medicaid. I believe this is a pattern as many of lthe family members of patients here are poor, easily intimidated and senior citizens themselves. Now this is a guess, but an educated guess, that Hopkins tricks people onto Medicaid, doesnt address their health issues and send them to a hospital to die and the hospitals dont ask to many questions.

I do know that Hopkins is owned by a few Hascidic gentleman and there are no Hascidic patients here, which says a great deal about what they think of this place.

Neither my mother or I can take much more of this, and every other day she cries, afraid that shell die here. I must also add that a petite blonde woman (my mothers description) tried to get my mother who is hard of hearing, to sign Medicaid papers she had not read nor understood, stating that she had to sign those papers if she wanted to stay here, which she doesnt. Since her coverage from Medicaire was for six weeks, I am beginning to worry that theyve forged her name and signed her onto Medicaid. I do know that all her physical therapy, which was laughable, was stopped when her coverage ran out. I have also read that APS becomes peopoles guardians without there knowledge, seizes their social security and assets and often mishandles the money.

And I might add, I do not believe that APS is out to help anyone and should be folded into the local police departments where they would have to keep proper records and would be watched by the public.

Ive enclosed some APS paperwork. I hope thats helpful and we both really hope theres something that you can do.

Thanks for your time and consideration.


Eric Ellert
40 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-499-1844 (home)
929-387-1041 (cell)
May 10, 2017, 1:06 pm
Frank from Furter says:
The NY State health department supervises nursing homes and Rehab centers. The NY state attorney General has a special nursing home abuse task force. The aclu also has a nursing home abuse task force. Good luck
May 10, 2017, 3:39 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Thanks for letting us know all the great aminnities very wealthy people will enjoy from the land stolen by a government facilitated corrupt process that allowed a Chinese Government owned company to offer. Some of us will never forget the tragedy of Atlantic Yards. I hope their gardens burn in the sun.
May 12, 2017, 4:28 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Charles, if something bad happens to anything Atlantic Yards related, Ratner will just have the taxpayers cover it rather than providing the costs himself.
May 13, 2017, 3:59 pm
Mazz says:
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Sept. 27, 2017, 3:44 am

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