Urby farmers

So, you’re looking for an apartment in NYC …

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(Just pretend with me, here.)

Naturally, you want to know what sorts of amenities are available to residents of the complex you’re considering:

Is there adequate parking, for instance?

Perhaps a pool?

And, hey—how about an urban garden with a farmer in residence?


Believe it or not, this is a totally reasonable question when approaching the hip, upscale Staten Island apartment complex known as Urby.

Among Urby’s list of amenities (which includes a fitness center, filtered water-bottle filling station, bike room, bodega, communal kitchen, and—yes—a pool!) is New York’s first commercial farm within a residential development.

And, indeed, it boasts its very own resident farmer.

Meet Zaro Bates, the 26-year-old Brooklynite who is charged with managing Urby’s 4,500-square-foot farm (built, by the way, above the complex’s underground parking garage).

Love. It.

Here’s Zaro with the lowdown on her unique situation:

Leave a comment 3 Comments

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is really cool! What a great idea for a healthy food source in a place where land for gardening is almost non-existent. Whoever designed this place had a fantastic idea. Maybe more trends like this will happen.

  2. Janice Slater says:

    An amazing idea! It must be very expensive to live here, but wonderful if you have the means to do so.

  3. Krista says:

    This is so fascinating! I love seeing how gardening is expanding to cities now. It seems like more and more people want to try and be self sufficient even while living in the city. I hope urban farming will continue to grow and inspire many people.

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