Not only does New York City boast an impressive number of currently thriving rooftop farms, it had one all the way back in 1904.
Chances are when you hear the word ‘farm’ New York City isn’t the first thing that pops into your head.
Not only does the urban wonderland boast an impressive number of currently thriving rooftop farms, it had one all the way back in 1904.
Back then, however, putting plants and animals on the roof was inspired by utopian visions, not righting over a century of environmental wrongs.
The farm was built atop the luxurious Ansonia Hotel located at 2109 Broadway.
The building’s owner, W.E.D. Stokes, wanted to make it as self-sufficient as possible – he even had a cattle elevator installed.
In its prime, the farm was home to 500 chickens, ducks, a small bear, and a half a dozen goats.
Daily, fresh eggs were delivered to the residents and what was left was sold to the public at bargain prices.
His agricultural endeavor was short-lived as as the city authorities didn’t share didn’t share in his pastoral enthusiasm.
Prior to it being shut down in 1907, though, Stokes was tipped off that an unexpected city inspector was on the way. The warning gave him time to stash his son’s pet pig and about 4 geese.