Greenest Block in Brooklyn

Greenest Block In Brooklyn

The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest promotes streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in Brooklyn through block and merchant associations and other groups.

Prizes are awarded for residential and commercial blocks and for greenest storefront, best window box, and other greening efforts.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 718-623-7250.

2017 Contest

Registration for the 2017 Greenest Block in Brooklyn opens on March 11, 2017.

Entry deadline: June 1, 2017.


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 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.

Rules & Judging Criteria

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 June 1.
  • 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 June 1.
  • 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 Street Gardening Clinics for Community Groups

As part of the "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" contest, BBG 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.


  1. Applicants must be sponsored by a block association or neighborhood organization registered for the 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 BBG staff.
  5. An application must be submitted at least three weeks before your first proposed clinic date. Deadline for all requests is Friday, May 6.
  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.

See winning blocks from 2016 ›
See winning blocks from 2015 ›
See winning blocks from 2014 ›
See winning blocks from 2013 ›

For more information, email [email protected] or call 718-623-7250.

2016 Residential Participants

View all the residential blocks that have entered the 2016 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Click the map points to see the names of the registered block associations.


The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest is a project of Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, with leadership support from Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Logo: Brooklyn BoroughLogo: Brooklyn Community FoundationLogo: Dept of Cultural Affairs

Major Sponsor, Community Greening Programs
Logo: National Grid

East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D
Sterling Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues.
Lincoln Road between Bedford and Rogers Avenues
Fulton Street between South Portland Avenue and South Elliott Place
Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Nevins Streets
787 Union Street
177 Patchen Avenue
155 Montague Street
414 Atlantic Avenue
Eastern Parkway between Underhill and Washington Avenues
Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue
East 32nd Street between Tilden and Snyder Avenues
Union Street between Rogers and Nostrand Avenues
Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street
Pacific Street between 4th and Flatbush Avenues
Stuyvesant Avenue between Bainbridge and Chauncey Streets
East 32nd Street between Tilden and Snyder Avenues
East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard
Lefferts Place between Franklin and Classon Avenues
1083 Dean Street
256 Ovington Avenue
170 Prospect Park West
321 Sixth Street
Myrtle Avenue between Washington Avenue and Hall Street
Decatur Street between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues
East 48th Street between Avenues J and K
Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers Avenues
Macon Street between Ralph and Howard Avenues
Maple Street between Bedford and Rogers
Marion Street between Thomas Boyland Street and Rockaway Avenue
Pacific Street between 4th and Flatbush Avenues
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