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

We admit that Queens isn't the first place that comes to mind when we think of groundbreaking green architecture (I'm totally allowed to say this because I'm from there), which is why we were doubly impressed to learn that one of the first LEED Platinum certified buildings in all of NYC is located in the borough. While many New Yorkers don't even know of its existence, the Queens Botanical Garden's Visitor & Administration Building, designed by Manhattan-based BKSK Architects is one of the most accessible (not to mention absolutely lovely) examples of eco architecture right in the city's back yard. And if you've never seen a solar roof in action, witnessed rainwater harvesting or walked upon a green roof, you can do all three right there (for free on Sundays and Wednesdays after 4PM, and just $4 during normal operating hours). And while you're at it, stroll through some of the 27 other blooming paths, flowerbeds and oases, learn about herb gardening and composting or enjoy a picnic on one of the grassy knolls. That's exactly what we did right before snapping some up close and personal shots of the state-of-the-art visitor's center for your enjoyment - click through our gallery to see them all!

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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.