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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, along with Steiner NYC, developer of Steiner Studios, announced Monday the addition of three green roofs to Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
In all, more than 23,000 square feet of previously impenetrable roofs are covered with soil and planted with ornamental grasses, perennial wildflowers and sedum to absorb the rain that falls on them, or nearly 2.5 million gallons in a typical year.
By keeping rainfall out of the local drainage system, the green roofs help reduce flooding and reduce sewer overflows in the East River. The projects were made possible in part thanks to a nearly $700,000 grant provided through DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program.
“DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant program encourages property owners to do their part to manage stormwater and keep it out of our sewage system,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “This project is a great example of a partnership between the government and a strong community leader to build the green infrastructure that has improved the sustainability of the Navy Yard and is already helping to maintain the health of the East River and New York Harbor.” improve.”
“We built Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, anchored by NYC’s first Wegmans supermarket, with sustainability at the forefront of our design. The green roofs and extensive landscape with their native plant palette create a biodiversity that butterflies and birds have already enjoyed. We are pleased to be able to support the local ecology while reducing the demand for heating and cooling of the buildings,” said Steiner NYC president Doug Steiner.