Gallery: PHOTOS: We Take a Stroll Up the Queens Botanical Garden’s Slop...

If all of the green innovations we mentioned so far aren't enough for you, the center also has waterless urinals and composting toilets, an efficient lighting system, and glass doors and windows that let in cool air (weather permitting) to naturally ventilate the spaces. An excess of 33% of the materials in the building (by cost) were harvested or manufactured within 500 miles of the site and many of the materials were recycled or produced sustainably. Phew! With a list of green features this long, it's no wonder that this ahead-of-its-time project achieved LEED Platinum, well, ahead of many others in the city (not to rub it in but Brooklyn just announced its first Platinum building this year).

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  1. Maria Joseph September 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    I\\\'ve gone before and its one of the most beautiful places I\\\'ve seen in queens. I\\\'d like to know off dogs are allowed.
  2. msyin August 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    The next time I am in NYC I will visit. It looks wonderful and it is the first green building I have heard of for the borough of Queens. I hope there is more to come.