"Would you allow me to plant a small vegetable garden on the roof of this building? It would be no more than a few potted plants in the area above my fourth floor bedroom. Not only would it beautify the building, but it would take advantage of unused space. Rooftop gardens can also keep the building cooler in the summer, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is an all around benefit to the building.We'll see what they say; I have the advantage of living on the top floor, so I really wouldn't be bothering anybody. The rub is we're technically not allowed up on the roof (it's in our lease) and they put the smack down after all the tenants went up there to watch fireworks last Fourth of July.
I would take great care to respect the integrity of the roof and the privacy of those living below it. Please let me know what you decide."
But there's no harm in asking. If they don't comply, I'm going to propose the idea to a museum I work with in Brooklyn. I think they would be up for it, but the site is about an hour away by subway. I'd only be able to visit once or twice a week.