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St. Bart’s and the Rooftop of the Waldorf-Astoria: Leslie Day

Before it closed for renovations in March 2017, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel boasted an impressive rooftop garden that provided food for the hotel’s daily culinary offerings. The garden also sent some of its food across the street to St. Bart’s, where for years the soup kitchen of Crossroads Community Services benefited from the Waldorf’s thoughtful generosity. Naturalist Leslie Day, author of Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC, traces this fascinating story of this partnership, which modeled sustainable food practices amidst the bustle and grime of midtown Manhattan.