I am often never asked what the sustainable New York City of my dreams would look like. But if someone were, for whatever reason, to ask me that question — and again, I’m cool with just being asked about the Mets, if you’d rather, although you might get a long-winded answer — I’d say that the green New York City I’d most love to see would be one you’d never notice. Already, as we’ve discussed any number of times as relates to David Owen’s Green Metropolis, that’s already the New York City we live in — one where we make responsible green choices every day without even really thinking about it, because they’re built into the city itself. But while that green New York City — David Roth’s Green Metropolis, let’s call it — might not have Green Depot in it (because why would you need to go to some special green store to get non-toxic cleaning products, if they’re already just right there at the C-Town), it would certainly have a building like the new LEED Platinum Green Depot flagship on the Bowery.
Green Depot’s 222 Bowery flagship sells the same stuff that every Green Depot sells — namely,Up th the sort of stuff that Lowe’s or Home Depot would sell in David Roth’s Green Metropolis, from low flow toilets to low-VOC paints and such. What makes the 222 Bowery Green Depot cool is the meticulously renovated 3,500 foot space — the site of Manhattan’s first YMCA, The 1885 Young Men’s Institute — in which Green Depot is selling it. Green Depot worked with Mapos LLC on the renovation. “While renovating the space the company worked closely with the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission to make sure the building retained some of its original structural elements — like the tiling from the YMCA pool,” Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett writes. “Along with the original restored features the building garnered LEED points with their indoor air quality, low VOC finishes, a high efficiency air handler and custom LED light fixtures among other great green building techniques.”
The Inhabitat post has a bunch of great pictures of the building as well. Green Depot may not be needed in my imaginary New York City, but it’s a pretty cool thing to have in this one. I’ll definitely pop in the next time I’m down there, although I’m admittedly worried about impulse-buying a bunch of low flow toilets. I’ll let you know how it goes.