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Bed-Stuy Street Named "Greenest" in Borough-Wide Competition

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A winner was named Wednesday in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual greenest block in Brooklyn competition.

The stretch of Macon Street between Ralph and Howard Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant takes the 2014 title, a result of its lush window boxes, planters and even a children's garden.

The competition is in its 20th year.

The winning block gets $300 that the neighborhood can spend on supplies to keep up their gardening work.

"Our block rocks, that's our theme. And our block really does rock because of the efforts of our neighbors," said Macon Street Ralph and Howard Block Association President Felicia Kinscy.

"You have everybody participating from planting to watering to just talking to one another, getting out on the streets, just enjoying being together," said Brooklyn Botanic Garden Director of Horticulture Mark Fisher.

The winning block was honored for "Best Tree Beds" last year, but wanted to grab the coveted "greenest" title this year.

Neighbors say while they are busy making the place look spectacular, it brings them even closer together.

"You're outside and you're engaged with each other and out of that comes life long friendships," said Sheila Gay-Robbins, a Macon Street resident.

"We have coffee sometimes and we so other things on the block together so it really bonds us and makes us one unit. Which is part of our theme which is unity and community," said Louis Kinscy, a Macon Street resident.

Nearly 200 blocks in over 30 different Brooklyn neighborhoods enter the competition.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden says it takes two weeks for gardening experts to judge every submission.

The Garden also honors the greenest business districts in the borough.

This year's winner is Montague Street between Clinton and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights.

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