Massive Rooftop Greenhouse Opens on Jamaica Avenue

(DNAINFO) Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | February 3, 2016 — The new 60,000-square-foot Gotham Greens facility will produce vegetables and herbs.

A 60,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse that will produce more than 500 tons of fresh vegetables a year finally opened this week on Jamaica Avenue in Hollis, officials said.

The new hydroponics facility, operated by Gotham Greens, will allow the Brooklyn-based urban agriculture company to triple the amount of fresh produce it currently provides to its customers in the New York region.

The company’s produce is available at numerous stores throughout the city, including Whole Foods Market and the Park Slope Food Coop, as well as through Fresh Direct.

The greenhouse, built on the roof of a four-story manufacturing building at 184-60 Jamaica Ave. which used to house the Ideal Toy Company factory, will grow pesticide-free lettuce and herbs using efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

“Opening this new state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in the middle of winter underscores the innovative story of Gotham Greens,” Gotham Greens CEO Viraj Puri said in a statement. “Never before have consumers in our marketplace been able to get locally grown produce this fresh at this time of year.”

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