BROOKLYN - A study conducted by MIT has shown that Greenpoint is perceived to be the worst neighborhood in Brooklyn.

After the study was revealed, Councilman Stephen Levin and Greenpoint community groups have announced the "Clean Greenpoint" initiative to beautify the neighborhood.

The initiative encourages neighborhood business owners to sweep their storefronts once a day, pick up litter on the sidewalk, adopt a street tree and report graffiti.

Levin says the effort can help improve business in the area.

There is no penalty for breaking the pledge.