The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has picked through the weeds for the 14th time, to find The Greenest Blocks in Brooklyn, and they announced the winners of the annual contest this morning.
In the end, it was Park Slope and Boerum Hill that came out on top, with first-place residential block going to 8th Street between Prospect Park West and 8th Avenue. How did they get to be so green? By hosting “Mulch and Wine Night,” which was "dedicated to encouraging fund-raising for topsoil and mulch, and 'Stoopendous,' a stoop sale and greening-education program to spread the word about the initiative and raise funds." As for the first-place commercial block, the title went to Bond Street between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street.
The contest is borough-wide and acts as a gardening initiative throughout the year, as the BBG’s GreenBridge team "offers programs and events to encourage borough residents to begin greening their blocks." They even sell window box kits, and this year the Best Window Box honor went to residents in Boerum Hill, Bed-Stuy and Prospect Park South. For all of the winners, see a full list after the jump--prizes ranged from gardening tools, to plants, to cold hard cash. Last year Bed-Stuy and Boerum Hill took home the titles.
Residential Category Winners
- First place in the residential category is awarded to 8th Street between Prospect Park West and 8th Avenue.
Sharing the honors for Second Place in the residential category:
- East 25th Street Block Association for East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D, East Flatbush
- State Street Cathedral Block Association for State Street between Hoyt and Bond streets, Boerum Hill
Sharing honors for Third Place in the residential category:
- Schenectady Avenue Block Association for Schenectady Avenue between Avenue D and Foster Avenue, East Flatbush
- Vanderveer Place Block Association for Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street, Flatbush
Fourth Place in the residential category goes to Bainbridge Homeowners and Tenants Block Association for Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue, Bedford Stuyvesant
Commercial Category Winners
- First Place in the commercial category is awarded to Bond Street from Atlantic to Pacific (East) for Bond Street between Atlantic and Pacific avenues, East Side, Boerum Hill
- Second Place in the commercial category goes to Mid-Atlantic Block Association (South) for Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Nevins streets, South Side, Boerum Hill
- Third Place in the Commercial Category goes to Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership for Myrtle Avenue between Waverly and Washington avenues, South Side, Clinton Hill
In the new category of Best Community Garden Streetscape, the first-place honor is awarded to the Brooklyn Bears Pacific Street Garden on Flatbush Avenue between Atlantic and Pacific streets in Boerum Hill. Second place goes to 6/15 Green Community Garden on Sixth Avenue and 15th Street in Park Slope.
The Best Window Box honor is awarded to Kathy Geisler of Boerum Hill. Second place in this category goes to Donna and Edward Drakes of Bedford Stuyvesant, and third place to Rae-Ann Heinrich of Prospect Park South. The winners of Best GreenBridge Windowbox Kits for Sunny Box and Shady Box are the Jones Family of Lefferts Gardens and Callie Janoff and Randi Stolzfus of Crown Heights, respectively.
In the category of Best Street Tree Beds, top honors go to Macon/MacDonough/Stuyvesant/Lewis Block Association for Macon Street between Stuyvesant and Lewis avenues in Bedford Stuyvesant. Second place is awarded to Crown Street Block Association between Bedford and Rogers avenues in Crown Heights, and third place to Macon/Reid/Patchen Block Association for Macon Street between Malcolm X and Patchen avenues in Bedford Stuyvesant.
The Greenest Storefront winner is Cake Man Raven, on Fulton Street in Fort Greene. Second place is awarded to Burrito Bar on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, and third place goes to Stan’s Place on Atlantic Avenue, in Boerum Hill.