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The Brooklyn Grange. Photo: Dan Corum

The elevator door opens. A moment before we were standing on a gritty New York street, dust sticking to our sweaty clothes, nostrils burning with diesel. Now the scene before us is open sky, bird song and rows and rows of green, punctuated with colorful outbuildings and a water tower. On the distant skyline we can pick out the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Grange against the Manhattan skyline. Photo: Dan Corum

Welcome to the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm with a kick ass view—a confluence of passionate and smart young New Yorkers willing to get their hand’s dirty, the demand for ultra local vegies from area chefs, and acres of prime rooftop real estate. The endeavor currently consists of two commercial, for-profit rooftop farms in sight of Manhattan and plans for more in the future. BG grows vegetables for New York City, a place that reputedly produces a mere four percent of the produce it consumes.

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