GrowNYC – Union Square Greenmarket


 photo credit David Hughes, GrowNYC


GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit organization which improves New York City’s quality of life through community based environmental programs. It empowers New Yorkers to create clean and healthy environments for themselves and for future generations with a number of programs like training for immigrant farmers, recycling, building school and community gardens, teaching programs in schools about conservation and healthy eating, and much more. GrowNYC is best known for its Greenmarket Farmers Market network, which began in 1976 with just 12 farmers on a small parking lot. It has since then grown exponentially, and now involves over 230 farmers and fishermen who supply GrowNYC’s 54 farmers markets, making it the largest urban farmers market network in the United States.

Listen to Feet in Two World’s audio postcards of immigrant sellers and growers in the Union Square Greenmarket.


Bell Book and Candle



More than 60 percent of the fruits and vegetables used to prepare seasonal dishes at restaurant Bell, Book & Candle, are grown with aeroponic growing technology. Energy-efficient and more productive than traditional farming, aeroponics involves soil-free towers that protect roots and feeds them nutrient-enriched water. On the roof of Bell, Book & Candle, 60 of these towers grow 70 varieties of herbs and vegetables. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour this rooftop garden with Bell, Book & Candle chef and owner John Mooney.

Watch a video of this “roof-to-table” concept and technology from ABC News.


Via Verde


photo credit David Sundberg/Esto


Via Verde is without a doubt the perfect marriage of design, sustainability, and affordable housing. Standing tall in South Bronx, Via Verde is an exemplary sustainable site. A former brownfield now a vibrant subsidized housing development, Via Verde features 3-story townhouses that step up to a 20-story tower, a series of green roofs, solar panels, and a central garden. Via Verde was developed by Phipps Houses and Jonathan Rose Companies and designed by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw. The innovative and award winning design was inspired by the integration of nature and city, and it represents the future of high quality, affordable, and sustainable housing.

See our Field Trip Friday post written earlier this year with additional photos.


Lakeside at Prospect Park Construction Tour


photo credit dbox

Once completed, Lakeside at Prospect Park will be a 25,000-sq-ft facility designed to blend seamlessly into its surrounding parkland. A landscape restoration project, it will replace the winter only ice rink into a four season facility, and reclaim parkland previously destroyed in 1960 for the construction of the ice rink into a wildlife sanctuary. It will also restore Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux’s original landscape and vision for a lakeshore retreat in Brooklyn, creating a beautiful and exciting lakeside environment. Come tour this construction site with Christian Zimmerman, Lakeside’s landscape designer and Vice President of Design & Construction of the Prospect Park Alliance.

Take a look at the latest behind the fence update of the construction.


NY Sun Works – The Sun Works Center at the Manhattan School for Children


photo credit Ari Burling

NY Sun Works is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science laboratories in urban schools. Through their Greenhouse Project initiative, NY Sun Works uses hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers year-round, about the science of sustainable local food production. Join in on this hands-on educational lab with a tour of the two-year-old Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at Manhattan School for Children (PS 333) designed by Kiss+Cathcart, Architects. Born from a vision to create environmental science labs on existing and vacant roofs of NYC schools, The Sun Works Center was built from a public-private partnership between the school, parents, and outside funding.

See a slideshow with more photos of the greenhouse from Inhabitat

All of these sites will be featured as part of the 2012 OHNY Weekend, October 6 & 7, 2012. All listing details for the Weekend will go live on our website in late September. Please check back then for specific dates, times and information about advance reservations, if required.

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