N.Y. urban farm teams up with Kearny Point developers

By Eric Strauss
Kearny | May 18, 2018 at 9:10 am

Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm, agricultural landscaping and events company, is opening its first ground-level venture at Kearny Point, Hugo Neu’s redevelopment project in Kearny.

The owner of the mixed-use office and industrial development said in a news release this week that the urban farming business’s site will be its first location outside New York City. The Brooklyn Grange Garden Center will be a multipurpose green space designed to cultivate community and support the environment, functioning as a garden center and nursery.

“Our team is so excited to be working with the folks at Hugo Neu to transform Kearny Point,” Gwen Schantz, co-founder of Brooklyn Grange and the leader of its design/build arm, said in a prepared statement. “This area of New Jersey has been paved over and polluted for decades, and it is such a thrill for us to help restore several acres of it into meadows and green space that will benefit the local ecosystem.

“Over the next several years, we’re going to see this waterfront landscape change from gray to green, and we’re truly honored to be a part of it.”

A launch event is scheduled for Sunday.

“The opening of Brooklyn Grange’s garden center aligns perfectly with our broader vision to promote economic and social sustainability at Kearny Point and in the local community,” Wendy Neu, CEO of Hugo Neu, said in a statement. “Not only does this initiative support the health of the local ecosystem and create enhanced aesthetic value, but it also furthers Kearny Point’s status as a vibrant, 24/7 community by bringing additional weekend visitors to the site.”

Brooklyn Grange was represented exclusively by Stuart Arkin in the transaction. The company will also provide landscaping services for Kearny Point.

The company’s first project is a conversion of 2.6 acres of lawn into a natural meadow landscape.

Eric Strauss | estrauss@roi-nj.com | acerimrat