The World’s Most Inspiring City Block?
There is jubilation on Lincoln Road in the normally quiet neighborhood of Lefferts Gardens: The block between Bedford and Rogers Avenues has for the second time been named the Greenest Block in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual contest earlier this summer.
Beating out 173 competitors in three rounds of rigorous judging, the block is blessed both with extra wide sidewalks, which contain generous gardening beds, and with community spirit. Longtime residents, many in multi-generational households, offer new arrivals gardening tutelage.
Above: Many residents are Caribbean transplants, and their plants reflect their sunny homelands.
Above: Tolonda Tolbert, president of the block association, once again led her neighbors to victory, just as she did in 2009. The block is big. There are 80 houses; a record 75 took part this year. Three years ago, only 60 houses joined in. Ms. Tolbert, who has lived on Lincoln Road for 10 years, credits a campaign of almost relentless friendliness for the jump in participation.
Above: Flowers are everywhere, and their colors are bold. It’s unexpected under the big old shade trees.
Above: Chartreuse planters with red and orange zinnias, burgundy-striped cannas, shocking pink hibiscus flowers as big as platters and huge elephant ears… the tropics are alive and well in Brooklyn this summer.
Above: In accepting the Greenest Block prize, Tolonda Tolbert thanked everyone who not only beautified their own properties but also lent a hand in the gardens of elderly neighbors and those away on vacation.