So, you’re looking for an apartment in NYC …
(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).
Here’s Zaro with the lowdown on her unique situation: