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A No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Food in Your Apartment

Don’t be intimidated.
Potted herbs will do well on the window sill.
Potted herbs will do well on the window sill. Rebecca Sims/Flickr

Once, the roof was silver tar, sticky and blinding in the summer heat like a melting spaceship. Now, it’s a green oasis three stories above the ground.

Annie Novak hunches over rows of crops, harvesting chard and arugula as she looks out over empty rooftops towards the Chrysler Building, the East River, and the water towers and smokestacks of derelict industrial plants. Her garden, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, is a 6,000-square-foot for-profit operation atop a soundstage in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.