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Rooftop Oasis Sprouting Atop Barclays Center

By James Fanelli | May 5, 2015 2:17pm | Updated on May 5, 2015 6:10pm
 Workers started rolling out plants on the rooftop of the Barclays Center on Tuesday.
Barclays Center's Rooftop Goes Green
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PARK SLOPE — A plan to turn the Barclays Center's roof into a flowery oasis is taking root.

Construction workers were spotted Tuesday laying 2-by-2-foot plots of sedum onto the roof of the Brooklyn arena. Photos provided by the Barclays Center show that, by late morning, the green-thumbed hardhats had managed to lay out a long line of the plots on one swath of the rooftop.

The project will be completed by the fall, with the sedum — a flowering plant that can survive droughts — covering 135,000 square feet of the roof, a Barclays Center spokesman said.

In the fall and winter, workers built a steel deck on the arena's existing roof to support the plant installation.

Greenland Forest City Partners, a joint venture formed in December 2013 between Chinese developer Greenland USA and Forest City Ratner to build out Pacific Park, is footing the bill for the green roof. Forest City is overseeing the roof's construction and planting.

The green rooftop serves a twofold purpose: The plants will help cut down on noise from the arena and offer neighbors a nice view.

The roof will include four different mixes of sedum, which provide year-round vegetative coverage and bloom colorful flowers in the summer months.