Rooftop Reds

By Elena Grigio

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard is not the place that comes to mind when you think about urban viticulture. However, with the help of Finger Lakes wine industry leaders and Cornell University a special urban planter system has been developed that allowed to create perfect grape growing conditions at the rooftop.

There are 42 planters on their 14,800 square-foot rooftop. Only red grape varieties are grown here – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Hence, the name Rooftop Reds.

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