Green roofs installed on Admiral’s Row buildings at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection on Monday joined with Steiner NYC, developer of Steiner Studios, to announce the addition of three green roofs at Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
In total, more than 23,000 square feet of previously impermeable rooftop has been covered with soil and planted with ornamental grasses, perennial wildflowers and sedum in order to absorb the rain that falls on it, or nearly 2.5 million gallons in a typical year.
By keeping the rainfall out of the local drainage system, the green roofs help to decrease flooding and reduce sewer overflows into 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 help keep it out of our sewer system,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “This project is a wonderful example of a partnership between government and a strong community leader to build the green infrastructure, which has enhanced the sustainability of the Navy Yard and is already helping to improve the health of the East River and New York Harbor.”