Greenest Block in Brooklyn


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2015 Residential Category Winners


1st Place

Bainbridge Street Homeowners and Tenants Block Association

Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue

Bedford-Stuyvesant


2nd Place

300 East 25th Street Block Association

East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D

Flatbush


3rd Place

The E. 49th & E. 48th Street Block Association

East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard

East Flatbush




2015 Commercial Category Winners


1st Place

Fulton Area Business Alliance

Fulton Street between South Portland Avenue and South Oxford Street

Fort Greene


2nd Place

Mid-Atlantic Block Association

Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Nevins Streets

Boerum Hill


3rd Place

Cortelyou Road Merchants Association

Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Westminster Roads

Ditmas Park West




2015 Greenest Storefront


1st Place

Rose Water Restaurant

787 Union Street
Entered by Union Street Block Association

Park Slope


2nd Place

Thistle Hill Tavern

441 Seventh Avenue
Entered by Park Pavilion

Park Slope




2015 Residential Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention

Citizens for a Better Community

East 39th Street between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road

East Flatbush


Honorable Mention

East 38th Street 2001 Block Association

East 38th Street between Farragut and Glenwood Roads

East Flatbush


Honorable Mention

East 59th Street United Block Association

East 59th Street between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road

East Flatbush


Honorable Mention

Lefferts Alliance Community Togetherness Block Association (Bedford/Rogers)

Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers Avenues

Lefferts Garden


Honorable Mention

Lincoln Road R&B Block Association

Lincoln Road between Bedford and Rogers Avenues

Lefferts Gardens


Honorable Mention

LinRoFORMA

Lincoln Road between Flatbush and Ocean Avenues

Lefferts Garden


Honorable Mention

Ocean by the Park Tree Club

Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue

Park Slope


Honorable Mention

Sterling Place Block Association

Sterling Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues

Park Slope


Honorable Mention

Sterling Street B&W Block Association

Sterling Street between Washington and Bedford Avenues

Lefferts Garden


Honorable Mention

E. 49th & E. 48th Street Block Association

East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Clarkson Avenue

East Flatbush


Honorable Mention

Vanderveer Place Block Association

Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street

Flatbush




2015 Commercial Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention

Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

Myrtle Ave between Hall Street and Washington Avenue

Clinton Hill




National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award


1st Place

Ingersoll Garden of Eden

Myrtle Avenue between Fleet Place and Navy Street
Season extension

Fort Greene




2015 Best Street Tree Beds


1st Place

E. 49th & E. 48th Street Block Association

East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard

East Flatbush


2nd Place Tie

200 Decatur Street/Stuyvesant Avenue Block Association

Decatur Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


2nd Place Tie

Tilder Block Association

East 32nd Street between Tilden and Snyder Avenues

East Flatbush




2015 Best Community Garden Streetscape


1st Place

Bridge Plaza Community Garden

Concord Street between Bridge and Duffield Streets

Bridge Plaza


2nd Place

Red Shed Community Garden

Kingsland Avenue between Skillman Street and Maspeth Avenue

Williamsburg




Special Commendation


Union Street Block Association

Union Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
For "Doggie Spots"—an extraordinary innovation in street tree care

Park Slope




2015 Best Window Box


1st Place

Decatur Street between Throop Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard

Entered by Second Block of Decatur Street Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant


2nd Place

Ronald Jean, 3104 Snyder Avenue

Entered by Tilder Block Association

Flatbush


3rd Place Tie

Marion Street between Rockaway Avenue and Thomas Boyland Street

Entered by Marion Street Park Block Association

Ocean Hill


3rd Place Tie

Jill McGuinness, 21 Stoddard Place

Entered by Sullivan, Ludlam, Stoddard Neighborhood Association

Crown Heights




2015 Residential Contest Entrants

View all the residential blocks that have entered the 2015 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Click the map points to see the names of the registered block associations.

Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest

Note: The entry deadline has passed for the 2015 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Please enter next year!

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.

For more information, email [email protected] 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. These winners will receive cash prizes or gardening tools, and all participants will be awarded a recognition certificate.

Winners will be announced in August 2015 at a press conference held on the winning 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. Visit Street Clinics or call 718-623-7250 for an application.

Prior Year Winners

See winning blocks from 2014.
See winning blocks from 2013.
See winning blocks from 2012.
See winning blocks from 2011.
See winning blocks from 2010.

Rules for Residential Blocks

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.

  • Applications must enter online by Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • 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 residential winner from last year may not enter the contest this year.

Rules for Commercial Blocks

  • Applications must enter online by Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • Entrants must be a merchant association, development corporation, business improvement district, or other nonprofit business association.
  • Each commercial entry represents one side of the street only, corner to corner. If an organization represents more than one side of any block, each side must be entered separately.
  • The first-prize commercial winner from the last year may not enter the contest this year.

Judging Criteria for "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" Contest (Residential and Commercial)

  • Citizen Participation
    What efforts indicate community effort, such as street tree maintenance and mulching, signage, community gardens, or areas cooperatively gardened by the block? How many residents/businesses on the block seem to be involved in greening/gardening? Are children being encouraged to take part in greening efforts?
  • Street Trees and Tree Beds
    Are the trees pruned and maintained? Are there any dead trees or dangerous limbs? Have new trees been planted? Are tree guards well designed? Have underplantings been planted appropriately? Are the trees mulched correctly? Are the trees being watered? Has soil or mulch been piled inappropriately at the tree’s base?
  • Variety and Suitability of Plants
    Are there different kinds of plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers? Are native plants being used? Are their significant numbers of window boxes? Are the “right plants in the right place”—sun-loving in the sun, shade-loving in the shade?
  • Horticulture Practice
    What is the quality and condition of the plants? Are the flowers and shrubs pruned appropriately? What has been done to combat problems of insects or diseases? Are plants receiving enough water? Too much?
  • Soil and Mulching
    Is mulch being used in tree beds and around plantings? Is it the right depth and distance from plant stems? Is the soil exposed and/or compacted? Is it obvious that compost is being used? To what extent?
  • Maintenance
    Refers to cleanliness and neatness. Are there a lot of weeds? Are flowers deadheaded? Is there a lot of debris on the block? (Blocks won’t be penalized if judging occurs on the day of sanitation pickup and there are garbage cans on sidewalks.)
  • Color
    Does the block use color effectively? Remember that green is a color with many shades!
  • Creativity
    What creative efforts to green up and beautify the block are noticeable?
  • Total Visual Effect
    What is the visual effect when you view the whole block?

Free Workshops for Community Groups

As part of the "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" contest, GreenBridge offers a limited number of free street gardening clinics to block associations and neighborhood groups. The clinics provide on-site gardening instruction for street tree beds along with other urban gardening practices best suited for your block.

Requirements

  1. Applicants must be sponsored by a block association or neighborhood organization registered for the 2015 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest.
  2. A minimum of ten people must attend.
  3. Securing a location for the clinic and providing publicity are the responsibility of the block association or neighborhood organization.
  4. The date and time will be negotiated with GreenBridge.
  5. An application must be submitted at least three weeks before your first proposed clinic date. Deadline for all requests is Friday, May 8.
  6. Please fill out the attached application, and we will contact you regarding scheduling. We are able to provide a limited number of clinics, so we must respond to requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Clinics can be held indoors or outdoors, but an indoor site should be secured in case of rain.

Download Application

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

Major Sponsor, Greenbridge
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The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest is a project of GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Borough President Eric L. Adams, with leadership support from Brooklyn Community Foundation. For more information, call 718-623-7250.


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