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Boro’s greenest blocks

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in announcing the winners of the 15th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest.

“The Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest is about more than just beautifying our neighborhoods — it’s about fostering communities,” said Markowitz. “And let’s not forget that when everybody is out working on their gardening, that means more people getting to know one another, which makes for a tighter-knit, safer and more vibrant community. When we plant seeds, the plants aren’t the only thing we harvest. When we plant seeds — Brooklyn blooms.”

The 2009 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Downtown Contest Winners

Commercial Category: 1st Place: Mid-Atlantic Block Association (South) for Atlantic Avenue between Bond & Nevins streets, South Side, Boerum Hill.

Residential Honorable Mentions: Sixth Street, Prospect Park West Block Association (between Eighth Avenue & Prospect Park West), Park Slope; Eighth Street Block Association (between Seventh & Eighth avenues), Park Slope; 10th Street Block Association (between Seventh & Eighth avenues)Park Slope; Fuller Place Block Association (between Windsor Place & Prospect Avenue), Windsor Terrace; State Street Cathedral Block Association (between Hoyt & Bond streets), Boerum Hill.

Commercial Honorable Mentions: Atlantic Avenue Association (between Nevins & Third avenues, North), Boerum Hill; Hoyt Street Victory Garden Block Association (between State Street & Atlantic Avenue), Boerum Hill.

Greenest Storefront: Second Place: Burrito Bar, 307 Flatbush Avenue, entered by North Flatbush Business Improvement District, Prospect Heights; Third Place: Tom’s Restaurant, 782 Washington Avenue, entered by the Washington Avenue/Prospect Heights Merchants Association Prospect Heights (tied for Third Place with Habana Outpost).

Best Community Garden Streetscape: Second Place: Prospect Heights Community Farm on St. Marks Avenue between Vanderbilt and Underhill avenues, entered by Prospect Heights Community Farm Prospect Heights; Third Place: Red Shed Community Garden, Skilman Avenue between Kingsland Avenue and Woodpoint Road, entered by Red Shed Community Garden in Williamsburg.

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