A rising trend in New York City has urban farmers taking to rooftops in order to capitalize on some much needed space to run their businesses.
According to the New York Post, the most recent addition to these skyward farms is the a 45,000-square-foot rooftop plot located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Big Apple's Department of Environmental Protection funded the project with a $592,730 grant, while the navy yard contributed $310,000 toward the development.
"We were looking to be creative, and we found a perfect use for this underutilized roof," Andrew Kimball, head of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, told the newspaper.
However, commercial rooftops aren't the only place making space for this new trend. A number of private residential owners in the outer-boroughs have started renting out their space for a monthly fee. In addition, the added layer of soil is believed to better insulate the homes, saving households on utility bills.
While not all people interested in buying a home for sale in New York City are required to rent the roof space out to these urban farmers, it is a unique opportunity to save money and help local businesses.