Live from the Green Roof!


New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) President and CEO Alan Steel has announced the creation of a live video web stream from the Javits Center’s green roof, the second largest of its kind in the United States.

The live stream, which displays a rooftop view of Manhattan’s rapidly developing West Side, will be available 24 hours a day and provide users with a unique perspective of the 6.75-acre green roof. Since its installation in 2014, the green roof has become a sanctuary for area wildlife, serving as a home for 17 bird species, five bat species and 300,000 honeybees.

The green roof was constructed as a part of the Javits Center’s recent renovation, which included major upgrades to its façade, flooring, and mechanical and technology systems. The Javits Center has partnered with the New York City Audubon and other research institutions to study the impact of the green roof and other sustainability efforts.

The live green roof cam can be found here.

“This live roof cam provides a window to avian wildlife on top of New York’s largest convention center,” said Mr. Steel of NYCCOC, which operates the Javits Center. “Viewers will be able to see birds foraging, bats flying and even bees buzzing, as well as the ever-changing skyscape on Manhattan’s West Side. As a part of our recent renovation, we have focused on improving the community’s quality of life and increasing the sustainability of this building, and this roof cam clearly demonstrates the impact of our great work so far."

Completed in 2014, the green roof has become the signature feature of the five-year renovation project led by the New York Convention Center Development Corporation (NYCCDC), architectural firms FXFOWLE and Epstein and general contractor Tishman Construction. The green roof – comprised of sedum grown in Syracuse, NY – provides a habitat for birds, bats and arthropods necessary in such a dense urban environment, and as the roof matures, changes are expected in the abundance and diversity of the wildlife utilizing it. A green roof study by the New York City Audubon identified 1,124 bird sightings and 17 bird species, including 12 nests, during a 26-week period in 2015.