Nearly 200 Friends of BQGreen, including a multitude of young children and seniors, community leaders and elected officials rallied on July 26 at Rodney Park North to help call attention to the public health emergency being caused by the air pollution from the BQE. Asthma rates in South Williamsburg are double the citywide average. The neighborhood has the 3rd highest number of asthma cases out of 59 districts in the city. Friends of BQGreen urged the Mayor and the Governor to help remediate the environmental and social injustice by building BQGreen, a proposed 3.5 acre park to be built over the BQE where it runs below street level in South Williamsburg. Community members put up crime tape and wore gas masks to dramatize their concerns. For more information, please visit bqgreen.org.