A new living roof has been planted on top of the Windsor Terrace library that will provide a habitat for birds and insects, help improve air quality, and manage storm water, among other positive environmental impacts. The green roof—not quite as extensive as its cousin on top of the Javits Center—was carried forward with $250,000 in participatory budgeting in City Council member Brand Lander’s district.
The green roof is planted with grasses like sedum, witch hazel, and butterfly weed as well as shrubs and perennial groundcovers. The plantings will help reduce runoff by up to 50 percent, and will also help absorb heat and mitigate the heat island effect. The plantings will also insulate the building, reducing energy loss during the colder months of the year.
The library at 160 East Fifth Street, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue, was closed from March to mid-April for the green roof’s installation. The green roof received 931 votes from district 39 residents back in 2014, enough to make it the project that received the participatory budgeting allocation.