A few years ago, a sprawling urban farm was started in one of the most improbable places of all: Queens, NY. On top of the mammoth Standard Motor Products Building, ground broke and an acre was cultivated using over a million pounds of soil to supply local restaurants, shops and foodies with fresh, organic produce.
As the last days of the summer season loomed, I ventured out to Brooklyn Grange to explore the farm and fruits of their labor. Taking a lone elevator up to the rooftop level, the doors opened onto a bustling market in the late summer sun, back-dropped by a stunning Manhattan skyline. I quickly loaded up on sun-ripe tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs and walked through the fertile acre, discovering chicken coops, bee hives, wildflowers, and composting areas. Join the farm May through October, wander through the property and bring home some produce and inspiration from the Brooklyn Grange.