World Turtle News, 10/21/2018
Family Transforms City Home Into Nature Wonderland And Wildlife Haven
Nestled in the center of busy and chaotic Brooklyn, New York, lies something that will make anyone’s jaw drop, yet who would know that this type of phenomenon is even possible in this huge metropolis? Gennaro Brooks-Church has defied the odds with his museum of a home. The founder of Eco Brooklyn Living Walls, he is perfectly suited to this type of lifestyle and visitors to his residence will be stunned by the outer walls which are completely covered with living plants. A step inside will reveal a man-made pond, which appears to be a natural addition to the area inside. A forested rooftop, a swimming pool populated with a variety of wildlife, and a Certified Wildlife Habitat backyard are just a sampling of the inspiring components of this all-natural living space. Not only does the living wall grow on the outer walls, but the indoor quarters also display this incredible feature. The children are also able to play in a custom-built treehouse made from salvaged materials, and last but not least, the backyard pond has been transformed into a turtle safe haven, welcoming unwanted turtles from around the city to their inspiring paradise. One of the most popular attractions at the home, this sanctuary has caught the attention of concerned turtle-lovers from far and wide, who rescue aquatic turtles and bring them to this perfect habitat to live in comfort. Brooks-Church has no regrets about his unusual lifestyle and states that a home like this has been his lifelong dream. As he sets the perfect example for wildlife and environmental conservation at its best, he inspires the community while demonstrating that living in the middle of a hectic city does not remove the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature firsthand.
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Photo from Gennaro Brooks-Church.