The New York Times' Kaya Laterman looks at the growing trend of residential buildings in New York City that offer residents a chance to prove their green thumbs.

Laterman examines the afforable housing development Hunters Point South in Long Island City, Queens, where about 100 residents take care of a 2,300-square-foot garden—though more than 300 residents applied to be a part of the garden club.

This amenity—an "agrihood" in the sky—is catching on across the Big Apple.

The Ironstate Development Company, the developer behind the Urby Staten Island rental apartments on the North Shore, has a for-profit farm atop an underground garage on the seven-acre property. David Barry, the president of Ironstate, said the urban farm was incorporated into the plans after designers thought about building common spaces that people might use and benefit from.

... At 550 Vanderbilt in the Pacific Park complex in Brooklyn, a 3,500-square-foot communal garden will be installed before residents move in at the end of the year. Greenland Forest City Partners, the development partnership behind the condominium building, will even see that seeds are started for the 2017 growing season. But it will be left to the incoming condominium board to determine how to maintain the eighth-floor space.

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