July 24, 2012
Tiny Concrete Jungles
New Yorkers have a talent for the tiny. They owe it to years spent cozying shoebox studios and kitchenettes, opening up spaces with illusory paint schemes and fold-in furniture. It’s the cost of living in metropolis. And, of late, they’re getting just as good with their outdoor spaces, be it a forgotten, tarpaper square of roof or otherwise.
Working a few paint bucket planters out onto the fire escape is one thing, but what about turning it into a functional garden? A place for summer dusks where you can sit and have a drink without folding yourself into an origami crane.
True to form, New Yorkers have tackled the challenge. And they’re seeing success. Click through for the New York Times' tale of tiny trellises, tables, and tree spaces. —MN

Tiny Concrete Jungles

New Yorkers have a talent for the tiny. They owe it to years spent cozying shoebox studios and kitchenettes, opening up spaces with illusory paint schemes and fold-in furniture. It’s the cost of living in metropolis. And, of late, they’re getting just as good with their outdoor spaces, be it a forgotten, tarpaper square of roof or otherwise.

Working a few paint bucket planters out onto the fire escape is one thing, but what about turning it into a functional garden? A place for summer dusks where you can sit and have a drink without folding yourself into an origami crane.

True to form, New Yorkers have tackled the challenge. And they’re seeing success. Click through for the New York Times' tale of tiny trellises, tables, and tree spaces. —MN

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    This is inspiring. I have all this space and it’s just so…blah. I keep telling myself that I can’t buy more plants until...
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    We’re huge proponents of the petite, posh urban garden. See Karen’s backyard for proof…
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