30,000 Square-Foot Green Roof Unveiled At Riverdale Co-Op Building

One of the largest green roofs in the city was unveiled Thursday – all 30,000 square feet of it.

As CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported, it now looks like a resort – but it was a concrete roof just a year ago. On Thursday, the finishing touches were being added to the green roof, which is part of The Whitehall Co-op in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Underneath the roof is a garage and a school, and when the co-op was required to fix the roof for leaks, residents decided to go all out. They included gazebos made from teak wood and lots of greenery that is already attracting signs of nature.

“I’ve already seen bees pollinating the plants here, which when this was just a 30,000 square-foot of concrete, you never saw anything — just people baking in the sun.” said Len Daykin, a board member at The Whitehall.

Now, there is something on the roof for everyone. For the kids, one area will have two playgrounds in just a few weeks, and for the folks who like to walk for exercise, there is a walking path winds throughout the green roof made out of recycled tires.

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