Flowerbox Awards – Sal Anthony’s 55 Irving Place

Flowerbox Awards – Sal Anthony’s 55 Irving Place

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 28, 2004

Barely Legal. This takes the cake. Sal Anthony's Neighborhood Restaurant on Irving Place (between 17th and 18th) pushes the limits of window box, sidewalk, roof-top gardening in the city.

In a dazzling mish-mosh of pots, planter boxes, miscellaneous tubs and hanging planters live an explosive myriad of plant life – nothing too exotic by itself, but collectively it is one of the most expressive, jubilant landscapes I've seen in the city.

As I passed by, snapping these photos, I wondered if this was even legal – in this time of strict municipal zoning and laws related especially to restaurants (smoking, liquor licensing, noise), it was refreshing to see that a restaurant owner really could go over the edge with their gardening habit, without getting arrested. skgr

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