Greenest Block in Brooklyn

Greenest Block In Brooklyn

Congratulations to all participants!

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.

Prizes

First prize is a $300 check for each top residential and commercial block winner. All other winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200, and each will be awarded a recognition certificate.

Further award categories include Best Window Box, Greenest Storefront, Best Street Tree Beds, Best Community Garden Streetscape, and the National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award.

Winners will be announced in August 2017 at a press conference held on the winning residential 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.

Walk-and-talk block visits are available for entering blocks. Availability is limited: first come, first served. Visit Walk-and-Talks or call 718-623-7250 to apply.

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

  • Applications must be entered online by Thursday, June 1, 2017.
  • 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 be entered online by Thursday, June 1, 2017.
  • 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 there significant numbers of window boxes? Are the “right plants in the right place”—sun-loving species in the sun, shade-loving species in the shade?
  • Horticultural Practice
    How are 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
    How is the block's cleanliness and neatness? Are there lots 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 Walk-and-Talk Block Visits for Community Groups

As part of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest, Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a limited number of walk-and-talk block visits for block associations and neighborhood groups. These engaging, interactive, and fun visits—led by BBG staff—are a great way to get your neighbors excited about gardening and provide customized instruction for street tree bed care and other sustainable urban gardening practices. These visits are free of charge and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requirements

  1. Applicants must be sponsored by a block association or neighborhood organization registered for the 2017 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 walk-and-talk date. Deadline for all requests is Friday, May 5.
  6. Please fill out the online application, and we will contact you to finalize scheduling. We are able to provide a limited number of visits, so we must respond to requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Block visits are held outdoors, but an indoor site should be secured in case of rain.

Application

There are no longer any available slots for Greenest Block Walk-and-Talk Visits. Please request one—early!—next season. And consider registering yourself and your neighbors for our new workshop, How to Green Your Block, here at Brooklyn Botanic Garden!

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

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

2017 Residential Category Winners

Flowers and green yards on a city block.
Stuyvesant Avenue between Bainbridge and Chauncey Streets

1st Place

Stuyvesant Avenue Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Containers overflowing with flowers and greenery on a city block.
Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers Avenues

2nd Place

Lefferts Alliance Community Togetherness Block Association (Bedford/Rogers)

Lefferts Gardens

A container overflowering with flowers and leaves on a city block.
Lincoln Road between Bedford and Rogers Avenues

3rd Place

Lincoln Road R&B Block Association

Lefferts Gardens

2017 Commercial Category Winners

Tree beds and flowers growing out of containers in front of store fronts on a city block.
Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Nevins Streets

1st Place

Mid-Atlantic Block Association

Boerum Hill

Several large cement containers with plants growing out of them on a city sidewalk.
Fulton Street between James Place and Grand Avenue

2nd Place

Fulton Area Business Alliance

Clinton Hill

2017 Greenest Storefront

Tires hung outdoors with plants growing out of them.
781 Fourth Avenue

1st Place

Pro 1 Tire

Entered by 27th Street Block Association
Sunset Park

Containers full of plants and flowers growing outside a storefront on a city block.
459 Sixth Avenue

2nd Place

NSK Management

Entered by 10th Street Block Association
Park Slope

A plant on an city sidewalk.
393 Lewis Avenue

3rd Place

Peaches Kitchen and Bar

Entered by Shops of Lewis Avenue Merchants Association (SoLA)
Bedford-Stuyvesant

2017 Residential Honorable Mentions

City block with trees, containers full of plants, and plants growing out of front yards.
Decatur Street between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues

Honorable Mention

200 Decatur Street/Stuyvesant Avenue Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Three people walking a sidewalk, next to containers full of plants and flowers.
Bainbridge Street between Howard and Saratoga Avenues

Honorable Mention

400 Bainbridge Street Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant

A few people walking on the sidewalk next to containers and treebeds full of flowers and plants.
Jefferson Avenue between Malcom X Boulevard and Patchen Avenue

Honorable Mention

700 Jefferson Avenue Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant

Cement containers with flowers and plants growing out of them in front of houses on a city block.
East 48th Street between Avenues J and K

Honorable Mention

East 48 Street J & K Block Association

East Flatbush

City block with lush green front yards and sidewalk containers of plants and flowers.
East 59th Street between Foster Avenue and Farragut Road

Honorable Mention

East 59th Street United Block Association

East Flatbush

City sidewalk full of plants and flowers.
Flatlands 7th Street between East 108th Street and Fresh Creek

Honorable Mention

Fresh Creek Civic Association

Canarsie

A woman stands on a city block, which is full of trees and containers full of flowers and plants.
Marion Street between Thomas Boyland Street and Rockaway Avenue

Honorable Mention

Marion Street Park Block Association

Ocean Hill

Tree bed with many different types of plants and flowers growing.
East 32nd Street between Tilden and Snyder Avenues

Honorable Mention

Tilder Block Association

East Flatbush

Window boxes and containers full of plants on a city sidewalk.
Sterling Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues

Honorable Mention

Sterling Place Block Association

Park Slope

A tree bed full of plants and flowers on a sidewalk.
Sterling Street between Washington and Bedford Avenues

Honorable Mention

Sterling Street B & W Block Association Inc.

Lefferts Gardens

A colorful handmade sign that says
Union Street between Rogers and Nostrand Avenues

Honorable Mention

Union Street Block Association

Crown Heights

National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award

A sign in a tree bed that says
East 31st and 32nd Streets between Snyder and Tilden Avenues; Snyder Avenue between East 31st and 32nd

1st Place

Tilder Block Association

For Taking Root, a sustainable public greening and education project
East Flatbush

2017 Best Street Tree Beds

A tree bed full of green ivy and other plants, with a sign saying
Macon Street between Ralph and Howard Avenues

1st Place

Macon Street Ralph/Howard Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant

A tree bed full of plants and flowers.
Lefferts Place between Franklin and Classon Avenues

2nd Place

Lefferts Place Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant

A tree bed full of plants, flowers, and mulch.
Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street

3rd Place

Vanderveer Place Block Association

Flatbush

A tree bed full of mulch with a few plants growing.
Bainbridge Street between Howard and Saratoga Avenues

Honorable Mention

400 Bainbridge Street Block Association

Bedford-Stuyvesant

2017 Best Community Garden Streetscape

Several people sit and stand next to large containers of plants on a city block.
Lefferts Place between Franklin and Classon Avenues

1st Place

Lefferts Place Block Association Community Garden

Bedford-Stuyvesant

2017 Best Window Box

A window box overflowing with colorful flowers and green leaves.

1st Place

Wendy Weeks, 822 East 38th Street

Entered by East 38th Street 2001 Block Association
East Flatbush

A window box full of plants and flowers outside a window on a brick building.

2nd Place

Beverly Friedman, 89 Garfield Street

Entered by Garfield Place 5th and 6th Block Association
Park Slope

A window box overflowing with plants.

3rd Place

Roberto Rivera, 424 Atlantic Avenue

Entered by Mid-Atlantic Block Association
Boerum Hill

A window box with pink flowers and green plants.

3rd Place

Althea Joseph, 830 Lincoln Place

Entered by Lincoln Civic Block Association
Crown Heights

A window box with purple and yellow flowers and green leaves.

Honorable Mention

Sheryl Brownlee, 652 East 59th Street

Entered by East 59th Street United Block Association
East Flatbush

Special Commendation

Many different types of plants and flowers growing out of a cement container on a sidewalk.
Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street

Vanderveer Place Block Association

For exceptional drought-tolerant plant selections in containers.
Clinton Hill

2017 Residential Participants

View all the residential blocks that have entered the 2017 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Click the map points to see the names of the registered block associations.

Support

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

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