Greenest Block in Brooklyn


Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest

The purpose of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest is to promote streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in the borough of Brooklyn through block and merchant associations and other community groups. The contest is free to enter. Winners will receive cash prizes or gardening tools, and all participants will be awarded a recognition certificate. In addition to prizes for residential and commercial blocks, prizes are also awarded for Greenest Storefront, Best Street Tree Beds, Best Window Box, and Best Community Garden Streetscape.

Enter the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest

Deadline to enter is Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Residential entrants must be a:

  • Block association
  • Homeowners association
  • Civic organization
  • Community garden
  • School
  • Other
Enter Online

Commercial entrants must be a:

  • Block association
  • Merchant association
  • Business Improvement District
  • Community garden
  • School
  • Other
Enter Online

For more information, email Greenbridge@bbg.org or call 718-623-7250.

Prizes and Procedures

First Prize is a $300 check for each top residential and commercial block winner. All other finalists will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200.

Further award catagories include: Best Window Box, Greenest Storefront, Best Street Tree Beds, Best Community Garden Streetscape, and the National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of BBG’s Children’s Garden, this year’s contest will also offer a special award for Best Children’s Gardening Project. These winners will receive cash prizes or gardening tools, and all participants will be awarded a recognition certificate.

Winners will be announced in August 2014 at a press conference held on their block.

Contest participants who attend the fall Recognition Ceremony will also receive a gift bag of fall bulbs and a certificate of recognition for their participation.

Street clinics are available for entering blocks. Availability is limited; first come, first served.

Prior Year Winners

See winning blocks from 2013.
See winning blocks from 2012.
See winning blocks from 2011.
See winning blocks from 2010.

Residential Block—2014 Rules and Judging Criteria

The purpose of the contest is to promote streetscape gardening in the borough of Brooklyn through block associations and other community groups. For more information, call 718-623-7250.

Rules:

  • Applications must enter online by Sunday, June 1, 2014.
  • Entrants must be a block association, civic group, or neighborhood organization.
  • Entrants must represent one block only (both sides of the street, corner to corner). If an organization represents more than one block, please enter each block separately.
  • The first-prize winner from last year may not enter the contest this year.

Judging Criteria for "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" Contest

  • Variety and Suitability of Plants—Does the block display a number of different kinds of plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers? Are native plants being used? Does the block have window boxes in significant numbers? What about "front yard" gardens? Is it a tree-lined street? What about the location of plants in relation to growing conditions, such as sun or shade, and the appropriateness of plants?
  • Horticultural Practice—What is the quality and condition of the plants? Are the flowers and shrubs a good size for the variety? What has been done to combat problems of insects or diseases?
  • Street Tree Care—Are the trees pruned and maintained? Are there any dead trees or dangerous limbs? Have new trees been planted? How do the tree beds look? Are tree guards well designed? Have flowers been planted in an appropriate way and are they well mulched? Are the trees being well irrigated?
  • Soil and Mulching—Is mulch being used in tree beds and around plantings? Is it the right depth and distance from tree trunks and plant stems? In what condition is the soil? Is it obvious that compost is being used? To what extent?
  • Maintenance—Refers to cleanliness and neatness. Are there weeds in gardens? Are flowers deadheaded? Is there a lot of debris on the block? (Blocks won't be downgraded if judging occurs on the day of sanitation pickup and there are garbage cans on sidewalks).
  • Color and Total Visual Effect—Does the block use color effectively? Remember that green is a color with many shades. Are window boxes visible and colorful? What about other containers or "front yard" gardens? What is the visual effect of the whole block?
  • Citizen Participation—What efforts indicate community effort, such as street tree maintenance, community gardens, or areas cooperatively gardened by the block? How many residents on the block seem to be involved in greening/gardening their respective blocks?

Business Block—2014 Rules and Judging Criteria

The purpose of the contest is to promote greening and cleaning activities among businesses in Brooklyn through your local development corporation, business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, or other nonprofit economic development or management organizations.

Rules:

  • Applications must enter online by Sunday, June 1, 2014.
  • Entrants must be a nonprofit association of businesses.
  • If an organization represents more than one block, please enter each block separately. Each will be considered as a separate contestant. Opposite sides of the street will be judged as separate entrants.
  • Prizes will be given to the organization/association, not to individual businesses.
  • The winner from last year may not enter the contest this year.

Judging Criteria for "Greenest Business Block in Brooklyn" Contest

  • Variety and Suitability of Plants—Does the block display a number of different kinds of plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers? Are native plants being used? Is it a tree-lined street? What about the location of plants in relation to growing conditions, such as sun or shade, and the appropriateness of plants?
  • Horticultural Practice—What is the quality and condition of the plants? Are the flowers and shrubs a good size for the variety? What has been done to combat problems of insects or diseases?
  • Street Tree Care—Are the trees pruned and maintained? Are there any dead trees or dangerous limbs? Have new trees been planted? How do the tree beds look? Are tree guards well designed? Have flowers been planted in an appropriate way and are they well mulched? Are the trees being well irrigated?
  • Soil and Mulching—Is mulch being used in tree beds and around plantings? Is it the right depth and distance from tree trunks and plant stems? In what condition is the soil? Is it obvious that compost is being used? To what extent?
  • Maintenance—Refers to cleanliness and neatness. Are there weeds in plantings? Are flowers deadheaded? Is there a lot of debris on the block? (Blocks won't be downgraded if the judging visit is the day of sanitation pickup and there are garbage cans on sidewalks).
  • Color and Total Visual Effect—Does the block use color effectively? Remember that green is a color with many shades. What is the visual effect of the whole block?
  • Citizen Participation—What efforts indicate community effort, such as street tree maintenance or areas cooperatively gardenend by the block? How many businesses on the block seem to be involved in greening/cleaning their respective storefronts?
  • Creativity—What creative efforts to green up and beautify the block are noticeable? Do store windows show effective use of plants/flowers/greenery, etc?

2014 Residential Contest Entrants

View all the residential blocks that have entered the 2014 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Click the map points to see the names of the registered block associations.

bullet2013 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Winners (pdf)

The Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest promotes streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development throughout the borough of Brooklyn. Congratulations to all this year's participants, including the winning block and merchant associations listed below!

2013 Residential Category Winners


1st Place

Sterling Street B&W Block Association

Sterling Street between Washington and Bedford Avenues

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens


2nd Place

Sterling Place Block Association

Sterling Place between Flatbush Avenue and 7th Avenue

Park Slope


3rd Place

8th Street Block Association (between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West)

8th Street between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West

Park Slope




2013 Commercial Category Winners


1st Place

Mid-Atlantic Block Association

Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Nevins Streets

Boerum Hill


2nd Place

Montague Street BID

Montague Street between Clinton and Henry Streets

Brooklyn Heights




2013 Greenest Storefront


1st Place

My Brooklyn Baby

692 Fulton Street
Entered by the Brooklyn Love Building Merchant Association

Fort Greene




2013 Residential Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention

300 East 25th Street Block Association

East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D

Flatbush


Honorable Mention

Bainbridge Street Homeowners and Tenants Block Association

Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

Historic MacDonough Street Block Association

MacDonough Street between Tompkins and Throop Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

Jefferson Village Block Association

Jefferson Avenue between Franklin and Bedford Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

Lefferts Avenue Block Association (Nostrand/Rogers)

Lefferts Avenue between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens


Honorable Mention

Lefferts Place Block Association

Lefferts Place between Classon and Franklin Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

Macon/MacDonough/Stuyvesant/Lewis Block Association

MacDonough between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

Macon Street Ralph/Howard Block Association

Macon Street between Ralph and Howard Avenues

Bedford Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

Maple II Block Association

Maple Street between Bedford and Rogers Avenues

Lefferts Manor


Honorable Mention

Schenectady Avenue Block Association

Schenectady Avenue between Avenue D and Foster Avenue

East Flatbush


Honorable Mention

Vanderveer Place Block Association

Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street

Flatbush




National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award


1st Place

8th Street Block Association

8th Street between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West

Park Slope




2013 Best Street Tree Beds


1st Place

Macon Street Ralph/Howard Block Association

Macon Street between Ralph Avenue and Howard Street

Bedford-Stuyvesant


2nd Place

Vanderveer Place Block Association

Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street

East Flatbush


3rd Place

East 49th & East 48th Street Block Association

East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard

East Flatbush




2013 Best Window Box


1st Place

Ms. Melita Shepard, 333 East 25th Street

Entered by 300 East 25th Street Block Association


2nd Place

Ms. Hazel Deane, 338 East 25th Street

Entered by 300 East 25th Street Block Association




2013 Best Community Garden Streetscape


1st Place

Bridge Plaza Community Garden

Concord Street between Bridge and Duffield Streets

Bridge Plaza


2nd Place

Fulton Ferry Historic Gardens

Old Fulton Street between Front Street and BQE

Brooklyn Heights


Free Workshops for Community Groups

As part of the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” contest, in association with the Borough President, and with support from Brooklyn Community Foundation, GreenBridge is offering a limited number of free street garden clinics to block associations and neighborhood groups. Clinics will provide on-site street tree bed gardening instruction along with a variety of other urban gardening practices best suited to your block.

Requirements for clinic:

  1. Must be sponsored by a block association or neighborhood organization and registered in the 2014 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest.
  2. A minimum of 10 people must attend.
  3. Location and publicity are responsibility of block association or neighborhood organization.
  4. Date and time will be negotiated with GreenBridge.
  5. Written request form must be filed at least three weeks in advance of clinic dates.
  6. Please download and fill out the PDF application and we will contact you regarding scheduling. Since we are able to provide only a limited number of clinics, we must respond to requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Notes

Request a clinic early! Clinics will only be offered before June 1, before judging begins.

Clinics can be held indoors or outdoors, although a rain site should be secured if an outdoor site is chosen.

Download Application

Please download the PDF application, fill it out, and mail it to the address listed.


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A project of GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Borough President Eric Adams, sponsored by National Grid with leadership support from Brooklyn Community Foundation.


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