New York

Take a Look at the Urban Oasis That Won 2022's Greenest Block Contest in NYC

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden just announced the winner.

Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Instead of planning a trip to a faraway forest to enjoy some beautiful greenery, you could just head over to Brooklyn instead.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden just named Lincoln Place between Nostrand and New York Avenues the greenest block in Brooklyn. It has it all: gardenias, roses, a rose of Sharon, a butterfly bush, and even elephant ears, The New York Times reports. There’s also some creeping Charlie (an ivy variety) and creeping Jenny, which is a perennial.

After a two-year hiatus mandated by the pandemic, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden reinstated the contest this year, and 27 neighborhoods signed up to have their greenery judged. Among the many factors that are taken into account, the variety of the plants around the neighborhood is surely a crucial one. The level of community participation and the quality of gardening are also important, as is the suitability of the plants involved.

Lincoln Place won the judges’ hearts with its universal participation, creativity and inventive, upcycled containers, and the impressive biomass of plantings across the neighborhood. It sets an example for every neighborhood across NYC, and the contest proves that with a little bit of care and creativity, even concrete jungles can look like urban oases. 

“In its 30 years, the Greenest Block in Brooklyn competition has encouraged the beautification of dozens of streets throughout our great borough, bringing whole communities together to plant and maintain green spaces that ultimately help improve our quality of life,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso in an official statement. “Congratulations to this year’s winners throughout the borough and the community groups who contributed to these green spaces, and thank you to our partners, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and National Grid, for continuing to grow this competition.”

Lincoln Place’s greenery is mesmerizing, and it makes you feel like you’re far away from NYC. “There are plants everywhere you look,” Adrian Benepe, President of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden told The New York Times. The neighborhood’s residents worked long and hard to win the contest, and residents even attended workshops to improve their gardening skills. It is not the first time they won, though. In 2019, Lincoln Place was awarded the greenest block in the residential category.

Lincoln Place’s residents and gardeners were rewarded for their continued efforts and, according to officials, they deserve an even bigger prize.

“[It] should just be the greenest block in New York City,” Benepe told the crowd during a press conference this morning. “I can assure you there’s nothing like this in Manhattan. In Queens, maybe, maybe but I think Brooklyn’s got it. Brooklyn’s gardeners are the essence of resilience.”

Take a look at some photos of the neighborhood below:

Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photo by Nina Browne, courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Suprêmes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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