2005-08-11 / Top Stories

Fresh Creek Development Is Green With Honors

By Dara Mormile

Winners of the 11th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest were announced on Tuesday at The Landings at Fresh Creek Phase 2, which came in first place and was honored by Borough President Marty Markowitz (above) and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (BBG), which sponsors the annual competition. This is the second time in five years that Fresh Creek took top honors.

Second place winners in the residential category included residents of Bridge Plaza and Bedford Stuyvesant. Third place winners were residents of East 102 Street, between avenues L and M, as well as Lefferts Gardens.

“Everyone that participated in making Brooklyn look even greener are winners,” said Markowitz. “It’s one of the most popular events in the borough.”

According to BBG Vice President of Education Sharon Myrie, the program broke records this year.

“Over 244 blocks registered and more than 122,000 Brooklyn residents and businesses participated,” she said. “This was our biggest and best year ever.”

Winners were selected through a rigorous process by an expert panel of judges including professional horticulturalists gardening journalists, and various greening organizations

BBG Vice President of Horticulture and Operations Patrick Cullina said awards were also awarded based on conservation practices, mulching and how many people on the block were actively involved.

“The physical exuberance of the plants in the community must be present. I think there’s a significant momentum that goes block by block,” he said. “We want to have visual examples for other communities to follow and we hope that in the future it inspires more people to beautify their community.”

Committed to helping improve the urban landscape, BBG’s GreenBridge program promotes neighborhood gardening programs, classes, workshops and events. The organization also works with block associations, community gardens, schools, and businesses.

First place winners received a $250 check. Other finalists received cash prizes ranging from $100-$200. Window Box and Storefront Greenery winners receive gardening tools and all participants were awarded with a recognition certificate.

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