Updated 08/08/2012 12:36 PM
Brooklyn Block Takes "Greenest" Honor For Second Time
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People on one Brooklyn block can call nearby residents green with envy.
Lincoln Road between Bedford and Rogers Avenues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens was named the winner of the borough's 18th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest.
It's the second time the block has come out on top, as judged by staffers from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, local horticulture experts and gardening journalists.
It beat out 200 blocks in more than 25 neighborhoods and will be rewarded with a $300 prize.
"We all have a shared goal, which is to bring Brooklyn neighbors together towards one passion and one goal themselves, which is to green Brooklyn, to beautify blocks and it's not just for aesthetic value, it's for that community value of working together," said Kate Blumm of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
"We're an old-fashioned community. People know each other and try to help each other. I think one of the things that really put us over the top this year was that we had even more people participating," said Block Association President Tolonda Tolbert.
Residents won the honor three years ago and were able to impress the judges once again.
"Everybody here really likes to garden. Everybody here really is very into just the block in general. We really have a sense of community here," said Lincoln Road Resident Adria Crum.
"I just moved here a year and a half ago, and I'm really really excited that this is the community I have moved too," said Lincoln Road Resident Melissa Lovell.
This year two blocks tied for second place; MacDonough Street between Stuyvesant and Lewis Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and 8th street between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park west in Park Slope.
The third place winner was Bainbridge Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant.
GreenBridge, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's community horticulture program, runs the contest with the Borough President's Office as well as support from the Brooklyn Community Foundation.