Gardens are sprouting on top of the city's buildings, bringing environmental benefits as well as beauty.

This article titled “New York’s growing demand for green roofs” was written by Joe Jackson, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 19th May 2011 14.15 UTC

Central Park aside, New York City is better known for its dense concentration of towering buildings than its bountiful greenery. So it’s appropriate that the city is starting to use its ample supply of rooftop surfaces to make up for the lack of green space at ground level. Roof use has gradually increased in the city, with boutique hotels, art exhibitions, film screenings and even a women’s prison in Manhattan all getting in on the act.

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