Congratulations to the gardeners, gardens, and businesses throughout the Slope who have won formidable accolades in Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn awards.
The Greenest Block in Brooklyn is an annual contest that promotes streetscape, gardening, tree stewardship, and community development throughout the borough. Awards are given for greenest residential and commercial blocks, best window box, greenest storefront, best street tree beds, best community garden streetscape, and sustainable practices.
The project is supported by GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, as well as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
This year’s neighborhood honorees include:
1st Place for 2016 Greenest Storefront: Entered by Union Street Block Association, Rose Water Restaurant, 787 Union Street near 6th Avenue.
1st Place for National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award: Pacific Street Brooklyn Bear’s Community Garden, Pacific Street between 4th and Flatbush Avenues.
1st Place for Best Community Garden Streetscape: Pacific Street Brooklyn Bears Community Garden, Pacific Street between 4th and Flatbush Avenues.
2nd Place for 2016 Residential Category: Sterling Place Block Association, Sterling Place between Flatbush and 7th Avenues.
3rd Place Tie for 2016 Residential Category: Entered by 12th Street Park Block Association, Barbara Genco, 170 Prospect Park West at 12th Street.
3rd Place Tie for 2016 Residential Category: Entered by Sixth Street Block Association, Deborah Viera, 321 6th Street near 5th Avenue.
This is the second year in a row Rose Water Restaurant took home the 1st Place prize for the Greenest Storefront.
And there were other impressive repeats:
In 2014, the Sterling Place Block Association took home 3rd Place in the Residential Category — once again on Sterling Place between Flatbush and 7th Avenues. They also scooped up the 2nd Place category way back in 2013.
And congrats to our Flatbush neighbors on East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D, who took home first place winner for the residential category.
Other blocks in Flatbush, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, and Bedford-Stuyvesant took away numerous awards for the community’s beautiful landscaping. Check out all of the award winning blocks here.
Looking to spruce up your block for next year’s contest? Check out GreenBridge’s free street gardening clinics for your block association here. To register, email Greenbridge@bbg.org or call 718-623-7250.
With additional reporting by Carly Miller.