Gallery: PICS: Mysterious Tree-Topped Former Factory in LIC is Almost C...

Long Island City is known for being more grey than green, which is precisely why we were blown away when we spotted this ivy-enrobed building there one day. Much more jungle than concrete jungle, the verdant cube sits right on Vernon Boulevard and is a stark contrast with the industrial nature of the surrounding buildings and steely Queensboro Bridge behind it. Entranced by its greenery-wrapped exterior, we crept up to get a closer look and upon bending our heads back realized that there were trees of all shapes and sizes growing out of the roof! But what exactly was this mysterious building? (We saw of a few signs but they were almost completely obscured by the prolific ivy.) Read on to see what we were able to unearth about the green-roofed edifice's origins and what goes on in there today.

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