A Guide to the Greenest Blocks in Brooklyn

Rose Water Restaurant, 787 Union Street, via BBG

Summer in the city usually smells like hot garbage. But there are a few blocks in Brooklyn that manage to smell of fresh flowers despite the sticky heat. Yesterday, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s yearly Greenest Block awards ceremony celebrated these oases of greenery–this year, the best ones are in Bed-Stuy, Flatbush, Park Slope, and Fort Greene.

“The purpose of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest is to promote streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in the borough of Brooklyn through block and merchant associations and other community groups,” the BBG writes on their website. Winners get $300 cash prizes as well as bags full of gardening swag. And the winners are… 

Brooklyn’s Greenest Residential Blocks

Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue, via BBG

1st Place: Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue in Bed-Stuy
2nd Place: East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D in Flatbush
3rd Place: East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush

Brooklyn’s Greenest Storefronts

Rose Water Restaurant, 787 Union Street, via BBG

1st Place: Rose Water Restaurant, 787 Union Street in Park Slope
2nd Place: Thistle Hill Tavern, 441 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope

Greenest Commercial Block in Brooklyn

Fulton Street between South Portland Avenue and South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, via BBG

1st Place: Fulton Street between South Portland Avenue and South Oxford Street in Fort Greene
2nd Place: Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Nevins Streets in Boerum Hill
3rd Place: Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Westminster Roads in Ditmas Park

Best Street Tree Beds

East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard, East Flatbush, via BBG

1st Place: East 49th Street between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush
2nd Place Tie: Decatur Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues, and East 32nd Street between Tilden and Snyder Avenues

Special Commendation

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Union Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, for “Doggie Spots”–an extraordinary innovation in street tree care, Park Slope

Best Community Garden Streetscapes

1st Place: Bridge Plaza Community Garden, Concord Street between Bridge and Duffield Streets in Bridge Plaza
2nd Place: Red Shed Community Garden, Kingsland Avenue between Skillman Street and Maspeth Avenue in Williamsburg

Union Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, for “Doggie Spots”–an extraordinary innovation in street tree care

Go here to see the more green highlights of the borough.

[via Gothamist]

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  1. Sorry Gothamist, no tree guards in this area of Fulton Street. A couple new trees but we still desperately need tree guards!

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