Randall’s Island is home to the Parks Department’s Five Borough Administrative Building, the central hub for our Citywide Services division as well as our renowned Parks fleet. In 2007, Parks began the installation of a green roof at Five Borough. Today, Parks’ roof at Five Borough is at the forefront of green roof technology with some of the most innovative systems available. The green roof contains 25 systems covering over 29,000 square feet of roof on the west wing of the building. Taken together, the systems installed at Five Borough will comprise the fifth-largest green roof in New York City. Five Borough’s roof is the only known green roof in the country, and quite possibly in the world, to feature such a vast array of distinct systems side-by-side.
The Five Borough green roof serves as a working laboratory for green roof design and construction, providing knowledge to the rest of the agency and other groups while at the same time conserving and giving back to New York. It acts as an experimental station in which the performance of many different systems can be monitored and compared.
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Are you interested in installing a green roof on top of your own building? If so, the Greenbelt Native Plant Center has a list of the most ideal plants for a New York City green roof.