Nicole Kirstie Smith

I'm obsessed with food, flowers, my cat & all things Apple. Aspiring artist & photographer.

A few of my favourite shots from the American Australian Association’s annual Summer Cruise sponsored by Telstra.

Pretty happy with these especially since I took them with my iPhone.

#roses @bklynbotanic last week #latergram #bbg #summer (at Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm Tour

On a chilly spring day at the end of May, I was very fortunate to join Indira Naidoo and five others on a tour of Brooklyn Grange as part of her “Rooftop Farm and Food Tour of New York.” 

Brooklyn Grange is a 65,000 sq foot rooftop farm located in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We were privileged to be led by one of the founding partners, Anastasia Plakias, who peppered us with an incredible amount of information while taking us around the rooftop farm. One of the many facts that stuck with me was about the rainwater management aspect of the rooftop farm.

Brooklyn Grange was largely funded by a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Initiative. Apparently, only after around 20 min of steady rain, New York’s antiquated sewerage system overflows and untreated wastewater and sewerage is released into New York’s waterways (this is why you should always check the status of NYC’s beaches before heading out). Rooftop gardens and farms help to ease the burden of storm water management and reduce the amount of pollution in New York’s water ways.

It was a fascinating and very educational tour. I highly recommend it for anyone into gardening or for anyone interested in the environment and could not be more grateful to Indira and Anastasia for providing such a unique and wonderful New York experience.

Brooklyn Grange have regular tours of their farm (as well as a range of other activities including dinners, yoga, pilates and farmers markets). For more information or to book a tour, click here.

And for more detailed information about the storm water / waste water / sewerage issue, see this NY Times article and this one for more about the environmental benefits of green roofs.

"Luxury & Degradation" - polished steel model train at Jeff #Koons retrospective @whitneymuseum (at Whitney Museum of American Art)
madewithpaper:

Dusk
Made With Paper by catknow

Lovely! I  continually amazed by what people create in Paper by 53.

madewithpaper:

Dusk

Made With Paper by catknow

Lovely! I continually amazed by what people create in Paper by 53.

"…in gardens I love all the things most gardeners abhor: … more greenery than ‘colour’ (as if green isn’t a colour!)"

Edna Walling

RIP Doc Neeson.

Am I ever gonna see your face again?

No way! Get fucked! Fuck off!!

whitneymuseum:

jayzslifeandtimes:

Whitney Museum Presents: “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” http://bit.ly/1lP2oBk

Our Jeff Koons retrospective opens a month from today!  

Jeff Koons retrospective - I’m there!!

whitneymuseum:

jayzslifeandtimes:

Whitney Museum Presents: “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” http://bit.ly/1lP2oBk

Our Jeff Koons retrospective opens a month from today!  

Jeff Koons retrospective - I’m there!!

#paeony painted in #Waterlogue

nybg:

We’re expecting our Azalea Garden to look like a rainbow brought to earth for at least a couple more weeks. The weather’s pretty perfect for it, so if you happen to be stopping by, you miiiiight wanna head over there. —MN

Delightful!