As of 2016, there were 60 acres of green roofs in New York City. Green roofs are found on residential, commercial, city, state, and institutional buildings, including universities and major facilities like the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. While this may sound like a lot, green roofs account for less than a tenth of a percent of the city’s roughly 1 million rooftops, which is about 40,000 acres of underutilized space.
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Credit: TNC with leading the mapping of NYC Green Roofs and the USL Dataviz team for bringing the latest data on green roofs into the USL Dataviz Platform.Treglia, Michael L., McPhearson, Timon, Sanderson, Eric W., Yetman, Greg, & Maxwell, Emily Nobel. (2018). Green Roofs Footprints for New York City, Assembled from Available Data and Remote Sensing (Version 1.0.0) Data set. Zenodo.
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Green Roof Tours
Register for tours on the Javits K. Javits Convention Center- tours are free but spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
During the growing season, Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages hosts school group visits and a variety of events open to the public.
Brooklyn Grange’s Long Island City rooftop farm has seasonal tours and hosts events and workshops that cater to New Yorkers interested in sustainability, connection with nature, and local farming.