Bryant Gets Rooftop Garden

AJW standalone yoyoyoyoyoThe first public high school rooftop garden in Queens was unveiled at Bryant High School in Astoria.

On Nov. 4, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), students and representatives from the Horticultural Society of New York and the Global Kids organization to cut the ribbon to their new rooftop space, which will now be used for classroom instruction.

The Horticultural Society’s Green Team installed the terrace rooftop garden with significant input and involvement from students in October.

It features 57 green-roof modules with perennial shrubs, colorful flowers, healthy herbs and seasonal vegetables.

Gianaris said the garden is meant to help our young people develop an appreciation of the environment at a young age and it also a testament to our community’s resiliency because funding for the green space is a result of the efforts following the July 2006 blackout.