Hey Greenpoint! Can You Make Your Block the Greenest Block in Brooklyn?

by Ryan Watson on

© 2013 Greenbridge. 2011 2nd Place Residential Winner: Bainbridge Street Homeowners and Tenants’ Association.

Don’t you love walking down the street, turning a corner only to be met by a beautifully cared for window box, lush greenery and the scent of blooming flowers making you forget you’re in the city? Wouldn’t it be great if someone offered an incentive for residents and businesses to do this fundamental work of greening Brooklyn? Cash prizes, free materials and workshops you say?

Well, fortunately that’s exactly what the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest does. Now in it’s 19th year, this friendly competition is intended to “promote streetscape gardening, tree stewardship, and community development in the borough of Brooklyn through block and merchant associations and other community groups.” Participating blocks are eligible to recieve street-gardening workshops, free bulb donations and a wealth of information to make your block look the greenest it can be. First prize is a $300 check for each top residential and commercial block winner. All other finalists will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200. In addition to the award for the overall competition, awards of cash prizes or gardening tools will be given for the following categories:

  • Best Window Box
  • Greenest Storefront
  • Best Street Tree Beds
  • Best Community Garden Streetscape

Traditionally, North Brooklyn is underrepresented in this comptetition so let’s show them what we got this year!For some inspiration and take a look at winning blocks from previous years. Applications for the contest are due by June 1st. Any questions about the competition can be emailed to greenbridge@bbg.org. Good luck and happy greening!

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.