In New York, we have our pick of wonderful parks to experience nature, but this is the only green space in the city that floats. Well, the only one that we know of.
Swale is the public art project and organizer behind Gotham's floating food forest that was started by artist Mary Mattingly. Visitors are welcome to step onto a barge and discover the joys of sustainable living through an edible, perennial garden. Folks can harvest and pick herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. The wetland structure has operated from multiple locations along the New York Harbor in the past year. But starting May 5, the garden moves to Brooklyn Army Terminal. It will stay there until July 1.
A second iteration for Swale will be set up at Governors Island. The project is taking over a house on the island to offer educational programming related to food sovereignty, stewardship of public space and environmental wellness. From June 2 through October 31, you can learn about the urban farm and how to solve issues of food insecurity every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm. For more details, go here.