Greenest Block in Brooklyn


bullet2014 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Winners (pdf)

Congratulations to all this year's participants, including the winning block and merchant associations listed below!

The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest promotes streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development throughout the borough of Brooklyn. It is 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. For more information, call 718-623-7250.

2014 Residential Category Winners


1st Place

Macon Street Ralph/Howard Block Association

Macon Street between Ralph and Howard Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


2nd Place Tie

Bainbridge Street Homeowners and Tenants Block Association

Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue

Bedford-Stuyvesant


2nd Place Tie

300 East 25th Street Block Association

East 25th Street between Clarendon Road
and Avenue D

Flatbush


3rd Place Tie

Lincoln Road R&B Block Association

Lincoln Road between Bedford and Rogers Avenues

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens


3rd Place Tie

Sterling Place Block Association

Sterling Place between Flatbush and 7th Avenues

Park Slope




2014 Residential Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention

200 Decatur Street/Stuyvesant Avenue Block Association

Decatur Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

581-645 MacDonough Street Block Association

MacDonough Street between Ralph and Howard Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Honorable Mention

8th Street Block Association

8th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues

Park Slope


Honorable Mention

8th Street Block Association (8th Avenue-PPW)

8th Street between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West

Park Slope


Honorable Mention

East 40th Street Progressive Block Association

East 40th Street between Farragut and Glenwood Roads

East Flatbush


Honorable Mention

East 49 & East 48 Street Block Association

East 49th Street between Clarkson and Lenox Avenues

East Flatbush


Honorable Mention

Kings Highway Block Association

Kings Highway between Avenues J and I

Flatlands


Honorable Mention

Macon/MacDonough/Stuyvesant/Lewis Block Association

MacDonough between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues

Bedford-Stuyvesant


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

6/15 Green Community Garden

6th Avenue and 15th Street

Park Slope




2014 Commercial Category Winners


1st Place

Montague Street BID

Montague Street between Clinton and Henry Streets

Brooklyn Heights


2nd Place

Cortelyou Road Merchants Association

Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Westminster Roads

Ditmas Park West




2014 Greenest Storefront


1st Place Tie

Bed-Stuy Fresh and Local Grocery

210 Patchen Avenue
Entered by Macon Street between Malcolm X and Patchen Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant



1st Place Tie

Master Cuts Barbershop

5 Saint Marks Place
Entered by Saint Marks Place Block Association (3rd/4th Avenues)

Boerum Hill




2014 Best Street Tree Beds


1st Place

Macon Street Ralph/Howard Block Association

Macon Street between Ralph Avenue and Howard Street

Bedford-Stuyvesant


2nd Place

Bainbridge Street Homeowners and Tenants Block Association

Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue

Bedford-Stuyvesant




2014 Best Community Garden Streetscape


1st Place

The Red Shed Community Garden

Kingsland Avenue between Skillman Street and Maspeth Avenue

Williamsburg




Best Children's Gardening Project


1st Place

East 25th Street Block Association

East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D

East Flatbush




2014 Best Window Box


1st Place

Pall Walton, 204 Maple Street

Entered by Maple II Block Association

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens


2nd Place

Ms. Millicent Wright-Burton, 738 East 39th Street

Entered by Citizens for a Better Community

Flatbush


3rd Place

Ronald Jean, 3104 Snyder Avenue

Entered by Tilden Block Association

Flatbush


Honorable Mention

The 5th Line Studio, 145 Sterling Place

Entered by Sterling Place Block Association

Park Slope




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.

Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest

Note: The entry deadline has passed for the 2014 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 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 2014.
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?

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