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Queens Botanical Garden



A tree grows in Brooklyn, but a $22 million, LEED Platinum-certified building grows in Queens. Booya. The first platinum-certified building in New York City, Queens Botanical Gardens' new Visitor & Administration Center was completed earlier this year. Plenty tagged along to watch New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the ribbon, and take a tour of the eco palace. The new center has it all: gorgeous green roof, parking garden, showers in the bathrooms (so you can bike to work), intricate rainwater-harvest system, composting toilets, waterless urinals, gray-water system, solar panels, and so much more. It's official - Queens is going green.

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