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A couple of weeks ago—when all of Brookyn felt as soupy as a Russian bathhouse—I walked to the roof of the old Pfizer Building on the border of Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg with Keely Gerhold, co-founder of Tinyfield Roofhop Farm. The 1,000 square foot space at the mammoth, late prescription drugs headquarters is home to the only urban rooftop farm, anywhere, that grows hops—the flower that is a cousin to Marijuana and lends itself nicely...
Joy is not in things; it is in us. — Richard Wagner In 2012 I was in love, sick with it. I would walk past his apartment, chain smoke furiously, and listen to "I Belong In Your Arms" by Chairlift on repeat like it was an incantation, like he'd hear it too if I played it enough times. In 2012, too, I stopped interning at Spin magazine. I became a professional music writer. I had...
A startup is fundraising to build a rooftop aquaponic farm in Bushwick. The guys behind Verticulture farms have outlined a plan to utilize the rooftop of the Old Pfizer building on Flushing, which has been converted into an incubator for small food suppliers, to grow fish and vegetables. We spoke with Ryan Morningstar, one of four Brooklyn-based co-founders of Verticulture this afternoon for a better idea of what the farm will look like. Ryan met...
No. 15 Kombucha Brooklyn The Perfect Marriage of Ferment and Firmament   In 2009, Jessica and Eric Childs began distributing three flavors of the healthy, fermented, tea-based concoction in 16-oz. bottles to a few Brooklyn stores. Since then, they’ve expanded their reach across the region, brought the drink to taps at over 50 locations in the city, and started a line of home brew supplies, becoming one of the city’s leading kombucha companies. “Our goal is to introduce...

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