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Scenic Bed-Stuy Street Honored As ‘Greenest Block In Brooklyn’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A block in Brooklyn has people everywhere green with envy. That’s because it’s been named the greenest in the entire borough.

Stairwells, planters, window boxes, even ‘no parking’ signs on Macon Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant are overflowing with flowers. It’s the most scenic block around.

Charrie Baker doesn’t live on the block but told CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock that she walks down it every day for the scenery.

The block is also covered in whimsical messages, like one that reads, “My husband said if I buy any more perennials he would leave me…. Gosh I’m going to miss that man.”

The block of Macon Street between Howard and Ralph Avenues beat out nearly 200 others to win the title of “Greenest Block in Brooklyn.”

Neighbors credit Sheilia Gay-Robbins and Serena Icart-Pierre with keeping the block perfectly pruned.

“We’re elated, we’re walking on clouds,” Robbins said.

Miryan Kenet hasn’t moved in yet, but said that she feels like she has lived in the neighborhood her entire life. She comes in from Manhattan every day to water plants.

Residents water their own plants and neighbors’ if necessary to make sure Macon Street remains the greenest block in Brooklyn.

The award is a project of Greenbridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This was the 20th year of the competition.

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