(Eagle Street Rooftop Farms, Greenpoint BK)
Today, my local rooftop farm opens, rain or shine. In the email I received yesterday announcing this occasion, they also mentioned a beekeeper giving a lecture at 2pm. The excerpt:
Tomorrow the free 2pm lecture series begins on the rooftop with Ross Conrad speaking on beekeeping. One of the most inspiring lecturers at this year’s NOFA conference, we’re looking foward to hearing his take on urban beekeping, now that it’s legal in NYC. In a city of neophyte apiaries, we’re looking forward to his wise words. There are three new hives (and soon, chickens!) on our rooftop—what’s happening in *your* backyard?
Naturally, I’d like to take this moment to answer what is happening in my backyard. I’m not growing any vegetables or fruits although my landlord planted tomatoes last year and the birds went affe-scheisse on them. But what’s really happening, readers, is a full-on Kitty Bar. Open 24/7. Neighborhood cats galore, rowling and murring and getting their jollies in my backyard.
So, Eagle Street Rooftop Gardens, I know it’s no beekeeping hive stuff. And there are no chicken coups. But somehow, someway, I’m contributing. Very negatively, actually. But still. That’s what’s happening in *my* backyard.