The Greenest Blocks in Brooklyn

The Greenest Blocks in Brooklyn

August 3, 2006
Photo by: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President and Independence Community Foundation, announced the winners of the 12th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. More than 255 blocks entered this year's 12th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest, making it the most successful ever. The program serves to promote conservation and community through gardening activities.

First Place in the Residential Category is E. 25th Street Block between Clarendon and Avenue D. This year's winning block is no stranger to victory, having placed first in the 2004 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest.

For a full list of winners and for more information about the contest, visit

According to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, "The Greenest Block in Brooklyn is a contest in which everyone is a winner and Brooklyn is the biggest winner of all! It is a great reason every year to come together with neighbors to cultivate those yards and community gardens, hang those window boxes, and proudly display that every Brooklyn community is fertile ground for natural beauty. In more ways than one, New York City's "greenest borough", Brooklyn is growing!"  And Marilyn Gelber, executive director of the Independence Community Foundation, the founding sponsor of the competition said, "For over a decade, the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest has built stronger communities by uniting neighbors under a common goal: to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful Brooklyn. Independence is proud to continue helping the communities of Brooklyn to achieve this goal."

"This was my first year to serve as a judge in the contest and as the new kid on the block, so to speak, I was just amazed at the sheer beauty and sophisticated design characteristics  that reflect the diversity of our Brooklyn neighborhoods. I salute the hard work, talent, and sense of community that are such vital elements of this contest," said Scot Medbury, President of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Brooklyn GreenBridge, the community horticulture program of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, is designed to share the knowledge and resources of BBG with neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. Working with block associations, community gardens, community centers, and other groups, Brooklyn GreenBridge promotes conservation and community through gardening activities.  "Everyone on our block was thrilled to have won the title of Greenest Block in Brooklyn, yet again" announced Hazel Foster, Greening Coordinator for the winning residential block. "Our block won the first place honor in 2004, and it changed our lives ? for the better!  So it was no surprise that we agreed to dedicate ourselves to continue to practice what we learned and enter the contest as soon as we could. With help from Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Brooklyn GreenBridge program, we learned about good, smart gardening and in the process also found that participating in the Greenest Block is about more than winning a contest; it is also about a lifetime dedicated to building stronger, greener communities for future generations."

A ceremony recognizing the winners and entrants, hosted by BBG, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and the Independence Community Foundation took place on September 21, 2006. The Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest is a project of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Brooklyn GreenBridge Program and Borough President Marty Markowitz, and is sponsored by Independence Community Foundation. First Prize includes a $300 check and two coveted plants from Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Signature Plant collection for each top residential and commercial block winner.


Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an independent nonprofit cultural institution committed to education, research, and the display of horticulture. BBG serves communities in New York City and internationally through its world-class gardens, extensive research collections, and numerous educational and community programs. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 10,000 types of plants and hosts more than 700,000 visitors annually.   Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays through September. The Garden is closed on Mondays except on public holidays. Admission is $5.00 for adults (16 and older) and $3.00 for senior citizens (65 and older). Children under 16, all school groups, garden members, and Frequent Visitor Pass holders are admitted free at all times. Seniors are admitted free all-day Friday, and the Garden is free to the public on Saturdays until noon, and on Tuesdays. Visitor entrances are at Flatbush Avenue and at the Parking Lot Gate at 900 Washington Avenue, and Eastern Parkway. By subway, take the 2 or 3 train to Eastern Parkway or the B (weekdays) or Q train to Prospect Park. By bus, use the B41, B47, B48 or B71. Parking is available at 900 Washington Avenue for a fee. For more information call 718/623-7200. Additional information is also offered online at