Pass by the I.M. Pei-designed Silver Towers on Houston Street, and you might notice a gaggle of students elbow deep in dirt. Depending on the season, they could be planting seedlings, tending crops, or harvesting tomatoes while an instructor looks on and lends wisdom and suggestions. This is NYU's u ... More >>
What's the best way to spend your free time this week? How about taking a class on urban gardening, sampling Italian-Jewish cuisine, or twisting and twirling some sausage? Here are the five best food events happening in NYC.
Rooftop farms, school gardens, and healthier lunches for students: These are some of the things that Queens residents envision for their neighborhoods and families. And the Queens Action Council (QuAC), a collaborative working to create a fairer food landscape, wants to help locals realize these goa ... More >>
Hannah Palmer Egan contemplates the complexity of baby mustard leaves as she stands in one of the rooftop farms sown by Brooklyn Grange. "The leaf has a green, vegetal flavor, with a strong wasabi note, a warm sensation on the tongue," she writes. "Moments later, my mouth explodes in a fiery burst o ... More >>
With summer blooming in full color around us, farmers' market season is in full swing. And while Union Square's famous Greenmarket proffers some of the freshest food around, crowd-wary shoppers don't necessarily have to join the swarming masses on 14th Street. Throughout the city, many community gar ... More >>
Learn how to farm in the city
In a populist sense, a farmers' market is like the gastronomic version of a town hall; citizens come to barter with other citizens, trading locally grown strawberries instead of talking points. Every day of the week, you can find one of these fine establishments in almost every borough. It is a tren ... More >>
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Foraging for a good time
A greenhouse-turned-lounge, tucked under the Metro-North Railroad, sounds like a strange location for a night out on the town, but that's exactly what lures visitors to Moscow 57.Part of a weekly summer pop-up event series, Moscow 57 is the brainchild of Ellen Kaye. If she sounds familiar, it's beca ... More >>
A greenhouse-turned-lounge, tucked under the Metro-North Railroad, sounds like a strange location for a night out on the town, but that's exactly what lures visitors to Moscow 57.Part of a weekly summer pop-up event series, Moscow 57 is the brainchild of Ellen Kaye. If she sounds familiar, it's ... More >>
How green was my alley
Last week, the Voice brought you news of bees(!), which have been swarming New York with the onset of warm weather. If the thought of thousands of stinging insects flying around the city en masse sounds scary, fear not! We had the chance to catch up with Andrew Coté, often billed as the city's "bu ... More >>
An old warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn will become the new home of the world's largest rooftop garden. A Manhattan-based company, BrightFarms, is in charge of planting the garden, which will grow in a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse, and hopefully produce 1 million pounds of local pro ... More >>
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Jaako/flickrTomatoes for the taking.One of the best lines in the New York Times article on people who pilfer from the 700 community gardens in the city is this one: "I know that people who garden in the country have trouble with squirrels and deer and turkeys; here in our neighborhood, we ha ... More >>
Steve Cannon's backyardIt might be tempting to fork over $350 for the right to grill and party (but not imbibe) for four hours in an urban "backyard timeshare" like the one we wrote about earlier today. If, however, you're looking for more recession-friendly options in the neighborhood, we've ... More >>
French eatery Le Lisita just couldn't take the pressure anymore and decided to voluntarily give back its Michelin star after the increased staff costs that came with the ranking hurt profits post-global financial meltdown. [The Telegraph] A food blogger in Taipei was sentenced to 30 days in ... More >>
Foreign Policy has just published its very first food issue. As you might expect from a publication better known for its discussions of AIDS in South Africa and the effect on economic stagnation upon democracy, it doesn't feature pretty pictures of unsmiling Bay Area artisans or Proustian rec ... More >>
Growing dissent: Urban gardeners besiege City HallBy Adrian Fussell Looming federal budget cuts mean that community gardens across New York City will likely face a severe, life-threatening drought. And the seeds of protest are already sprouting. Supporters of GreenThumb, the city's primary comm ... More >>
Greens on Greenwich?A rooftop farm will grow where Keith McNally's empire will not: three months after the community board approved his plans, Bobo's Carlos Suarez has finalized his lease for the former Greenwich Paper space.
planetpinkngreen.com Yesterday, the French Culinary Institute announced it would be expanding to the West Coast with a branch campus at the former Professional Culinary Institute in Campbell, California. Curious to know why the school was expanding its operations to California -- and how it i ... More >>
Outstanding in the FieldAl fresco dining at its finest.Outstanding in the Field, the self-described "roving culinary adventure" known for staging five-course, white-tablecloth dinners in the farm fields and urban gardens where the food on the table originates, will hold a series of dinners in ... More >>
The Brooklyn Grange: NYC's Biggest Rooftop Farm from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. Beauty shots of lettuce and basil abound in this look at Brooklyn Grange, the (nearly) 40,000-square-foot rooftop farm in Long Island City, Queens. You can buy the farm's produce at The Brooklyn Grange Farmer's Market, Robert ... More >>
No point in locking your doors now
tibchris/FlickrComing to Long Island City.It looks like the meatballs finally paid off: the folks at Roberta's have found a 40,000 square-foot rooftop home for their Brooklyn Grange Farms. And it will be in Queens.
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In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to tell you a story about a garden -- The Magic Garden -- that's going to be torn down to make room for a high-rise housing development. Oliver Rios, an East Harlem-bred artist, grew up around gardening when his mother Lydia Roman began transforming abandone ... More >>
Andrew SchwartzScott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President and food reform guy. Plenty of enterprising politicians have paid lip service to the idea of trying to make the city's food supply healthier, more easily accessible, and environmentally sound, but far fewer have actually done anything ... More >>
The state and federal government have a long list of things they want to prevent you from eating. They don't seem to care that the poultry supply is awash in salmonella, or that animals for human consumption are raised in sadistic ways, and pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. They are, ... More >>
This month's Brooklyn Rail catches up with some old-fashioned Howard Beach Italians who really and truly grow their own food. Anna Neerman visits the Trinchesi family who, though their garden only covers a "large corner plot" of their home, raise enough tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, grapes, cucumber ... More >>
Curbed declared today the day of the chickens as restaurateur Alan Harding threatened to keep chickens in the backyard of his new place as a measure of revenge against the Brooklynites giving him heat for opening over a dozen restaurants in the borough with his partner Jim Mamary. They’ve been ra ... More >>
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