FAB businesses on the block of Fulton Street, between South Portland and South Oxford were acknowledged along with the FAB Alliance for their work to make that block the winner in the 2015 competition for the "Greenest Commercial Block in Brooklyn", according to the judges from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. From Habana Outpost, to Greene Grape and Hungry Ghost, businesses have been going above and beyond to create vibrant landscaped planters, tree beds and storefronts. Adding to the look of the award-winning block are adjacent businesses visible from Fulton including Gardel's Garden around the corner on S. Portland with their display of plants available for sale... and the flower shop Stem on South Oxford.
Pictured: Greene Grape Wines & Spririts and Provisions Market. Photo by Greenbridge Staff. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The press release from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden announcing the winners included this quote from FAB:
“Making Fulton Street more walkable and welcoming is a collaborative effort and FAB is thrilled to be working with so many terrific partners. From planting new trees, to creating public plazas and open space, installing benches and increasing bike parking, much is being accomplished in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Special thanks to all the FAB businesses (including Greene Grape, Habana Outpost, Brooklyn Moon and many others) who do so much on their own to put the green in Fort Greene by creating and maintaining lush plantings, flower boxes and planters."
- Phillip Kellogg, Executive Director
Greene Grape's Meg Christman attended the press conference with FAB and had this to say: "On our block, not only will you find a small part of a neighborhood that lives up to the greene in it's name, but you will also find wonderful, vibrant businesses, smiling faces, and people who actually stop to chat with one another on the sidewalk. We are proud to beautify Fulton Street and thankful for the camaraderie of our neighbors."
Photos of all the winners, including the winner of the Greenest Residential Block in Brooklyn (!), Bainbridge Street, between Malcom X Boulevard and Stuyvesent Avenue. Or better yet, take a bike ride there to see that Block Association's amazing work with your own eyes!