Congratulations, Cortelyou Road Merchants Association! Group Lands Third Place In Greenest Block In Brooklyn Contest

Congratulations, Cortelyou Road Merchants Association! Group Lands Third Place In Greenest Block In Brooklyn Contest
Photo via the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo via the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

While Ditmas Park’s tree-lined streets can often be the star of the show around our neighborhood, we also have a ton of lush greenery on one of main commercial drags — which just landed the Cortelyou Road Merchants Association high praise from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The merchants association today received third place in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2015 Greenest Block in Brooklyn’s commercial category for the gorgeous greenery sprouting on Cortelyou, between Argyle and Westminster.

The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest promotes streetscape, gardening, tree stewardship, and community development throughout Brooklyn. The project is supported by GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, as well as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

East 25th Street, between Clarendon Road and Avenue D. Photo via the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
East 25th Street, between Clarendon Road and Avenue D. Photo via the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

People and groups from across the borough are recognized by the contest, including the nearby 300 East 25th Street Block Association, which received second place in the residential category.

Also nearby, the Lefferts Alliance Community Togetherness Block Association received an honorable mention for its greenery on Lefferts Avenue, between Bedford and Rogers Avenue, and the Lincoln Road R&B Block Association landed an honorable mention for the scenery on Lincoln Road, between Bedford and Rogers Avenues. The group LinRoFORMA too received an honorable mention for the lushness on Lincoln Road, between Flatbush and Ocean Avenues.

Our neighbors in East Flatbush also took away numerous awards for the community’s beautiful landscaping. You can see those, and all of the award recipients, here.

Many congratulations to the Cortelyou Road Merchants Association (and neighbor and gardener  extraordinaire Tracy Hohman, who designed and planted almost all of the planters on that block) — and all of the winners! We live in a more beautiful world, thanks to all of you.

For more information about the contest, and nominating a block next year, email Greenbridge@bbg.org or call 718-623-7250.

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