The Brooklyn Botanical Garden makes Brooklyn greener far beyond its own walls

Brooklyn’s greenest block 2022 Residential winners, Lincoln Place between Nostrand and New York Avenues. Photo: Michael Stewart, Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Botanical Garden announced the winners of the 2022 Greenest Block competition in Brooklyn today at a press conference held on the winning residential block, Lincoln Place between New York City and Nostrand Avenues.

Representatives of the winning residential and commercial blocks and other entrants were present, along with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, BBG Chairman Adrian Benepe and National Grid Chairman, longtime supporters of the Greenest Block contest, Rudy Wynter.

Brooklyn’s greenest block 2022 Residential winners, Lincoln Place between Nostrand and New York Avenues. Photo: Michael Stewart, Brooklyn Botanical Garden

The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest was started in 1994 with the goal of bringing communities together and beautifying the streets of Brooklyn. The competition, 28 years ago and today, is unique in the field of gardening competitions in its connection to a public botanical garden, its emphasis on public streetscape and sustainable horticultural practices and ecological stewardship, and its emphasis on block-scale gardening, which makes the contest as much about civic participation as it is about beautification.

The Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition is free and open to all residential blocks, commercial blocks and community gardens in Brooklyn. The contest promotes greening the city, street gardening, street tree stewardship and community development.

Brooklyn’s greenest block 2022 Residential winners, Lincoln Place between Nostrand and New York Avenues. Photo: Michael Stewart, Brooklyn Botanical Garden

The block-wide contest was canceled in 2020 and moved to a window box contest in 2021 for pandemic protocols, but the contest returned to full form this year.

Judging took place in 3 rounds over 6 weeks in different categories. More than 100 blocks were vying for the chance to win the title “Greenest Block in Brooklyn”.

The winning residential block, run by Preserving Lincoln’s Abundant Natural Treasures Block Association – or PLANTs – impressed the judges with their universal participation, inventive, upcycled containers and pure planting biomass from corner to corner.

Winners were announced for categories including Greenest Commercial Block, National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award, Best Community Garden Streetscape and Best Street Tree Bed.

BBG President Adrian Benepe. Pictured: Michael Stewart.

Adrian Benepe, President of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, said, “Like all aspects of life, the pandemic has tested streetscapes and community gardening, but Brooklyn gardeners are simply resilient! Participants told us they used the contest both to celebrate life and to rebuild a sense of community connection that had been tested during the pandemic. As we toured block after block around the borough, we saw their resourcefulness, good neighborliness, and concern for plants, wildlife, and the next generation of Brooklynians. By demonstrating successful gardening under some of the harshest conditions, Brooklyn gardeners have much to teach us about urban gardening. Congratulations to Lincoln Place and all of this year’s contest winners! »

Rudy Wynter, President of National Grid New York, said, “The Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition inspires residents to develop creative and innovative ways to make their neighborhoods more beautiful, sustainable and equitable. National Grid shares the commitment to more sustainable solutions and we continue to transform our business for a cleaner energy future. National Grid’s longstanding partnership with BBG underpins our community commitment to creating a fairer future for every customer, in every community we serve. Congratulations to all finalists; we are pleased to present this year’s National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award to the Nehemiah Ten Greenthumb Block Association Community Garden.

Below is the full list of Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2022 winners:

Residential category

1st place
Preserving Lincoln’s Abundant Natural Treasures (PLANTS) Lincoln Place between New York and Nostrand Avenues
CROWN HEIGHTS
2nd place
300 East 25th Street Block Association
East 25th Street between Avenue D and Clarendon Road FLATBUSH
Tie for 3rd place
Macon MacDonough Stuyvesant Lewis Block Association MacDonough Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
Lefferts Community Landscaping
Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers avenues JARDINS LEFFERTS
4th place
Bay Ridge Flowers
Ridge Boulevard between 71st Street and Ovington Avenue BAY RIDGE

Residential Honorable Mentions
The New East 26th Street Block Association
East 26th Street between Avenue D and Clarendon Road FLATBUSH
Stuyvesant Avenue Block Association (SABA)
Stuyvesant Avenue between Bainbridge and Chauncey streets BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
200 Decatur Street/Stuyvesant Avenue Block Association Decatur Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues STUYVESANT HEIGHTS NORTH
Hampton, Sterling, Virginia Place and Kingston Avenue Block Association, Inc. Hampton Place between Park and Sterling Places
CROWN HEIGHTS
East 48 Street J & K Block Association East 48th Street between J & K Avenues EAST FLATBUSH
Fresh Creek Civic Association
Flatlands 7th Street between East 108th Street and Fresh Creek CANARSIA
Lincoln Road R&B Block Association
Lincoln Road between Bedford and Rogers avenues JARDINS LEFFERTS
Union Street Block and civic association
Union Street between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues CROWN HEIGHTS
Macon MacDonough Stuyvesant Lewis Block Association Avenue Lewis between MacDonough and Macon Streets BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
Bay Ridge Drive 400 Block Association
Bay Ridge Parkway between 4th and 5th Avenues BAY RIDGE
Vanderveer Place Bouldering Association
Vanderveer Place between East 23rd Street and Flatbush Avenue FLATBUSH

National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award
Nehemiah Ten Greenthumb Block Association Barbey Street between Blake & Dumont Avenues EAST NEW YORK
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1st place
North Flatbush Business Improvement District
Flatbush Avenue (even side) between 8th Avenue and Sterling Place PARK SLOPE

Greenest showcase
1st place
Clementine Bakery & Reverie
395 Classon Avenue
Entrance by Greene Acres Community Garden (NYRP) BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
2nd place
Sainte-Eve cocktail bar
475 12th street
Entrance by 12th Street Park Block Association PARK SLOPE
3rd place
Muse Cafe
497 6th Ave
Entrance by 12th Street Block Association PARK SLOPE

Best Street Tree Beds
1st place
Union Street Block and civic association
Union Street between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues CROWN HEIGHTS
2nd place
The New East 26th Street Block Association
East 26th Street between Avenue D and Clarendon Road FLATBUSH
3rd place
200 Decatur Street/Stuyvesant Avenue Block Association Decatur Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
4th place
500 Block MacDonough Street MacDonough Street Association between Patchen and Ralph BEDFORD-STUYVESANT Avenues

Best Community Garden Streetscape
1st place
Newkirk Community Garden
East 8th Street between Newkirk and Webster Avenues KENSINGTON
2nd place
Maple Street Community Garden
Maple Street between Nostrand and Rogers avenues JARDINS LEFFERTS
3rd place
Greene Acres Community Garden (NYRP)
Franklin Avenue between Clifton Place & Greene Avenue BEDFORD-STUYVESANT

Best window box
1st place
Helen Wilson
206 East 53rd Street East 53rd Street EAST FLATBUSH
2nd place
The princely family
13 Stoddard Street
Listed by Sullivan Ludlam Stoddard Neighborhood Association CROWN HEIGHTS
Tie for 3rd place
378 12th street
Entrance by 12th Street Block Association PARK SLOPE
Lisa Clavery
32 Hamptons Square
Presented by Hampton, Sterling, Virginia Place & Kingston Avenue Block Association, Inc. CROWN HEIGHTS
Honorable Mention Planter
Caroline Reitz and Richard Hawk
190 Maple Street
Listed by Maple Street Block Association LEFFERTS MANOR

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