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Tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers are only a few of the many fresh options now growing on New York City’s largest rooftop farm: a 140,000-square-foot facility in Sunset Park.

In addition to growing produce, which will go to restaurants and farmers markets, the new facility — operated by Brooklyn Grange — offers a “Swiss army knife” of benefits for the city, according to co-founder Anastasia Plakias.

Environmentally, rooftop farms can cut energy costs, decrease combined-sewer-overflow, reduce urban heat island effect, create a habitat for wildlife, absorb air pollutants and lessen noise pollution.

The farm’s close proximity to Green-Wood Cemetery will also give migratory and native birds a place to take refuge.

Plakias said that while it’s difficult to stop New York from expanding upwards, residents could help the city grow in a different type of way.

“It’s impossible to ignore the piece of development in this city,” she told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Development will never cease in New York City. There will always be change happening, but we have an opportunity to influence the direction and shape that that change takes. Now is a really critical time for New York City to be a leader.”

The space at 850 Third Ave. is the company’s third farm. The first opened in 2010 in Long Island City, and the second came to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2012.

A paver system is installed at the Brooklyn Grange’s Sunset Park farm. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Grange

The Sunset Park green roof acts like a giant sponge, managing roughly 175,000 gallons of storm water in a single rainfall — helping to reduce the amount of CSO entering New York’s waterways.

(The Brooklyn Navy Yard facility, in comparison, can manage about 100,000 gallons of water per storm.)

Because of its ability to reduce CSO, the roof was partially paid for by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program.

The new space, located adjacent to the Metropolitan Detention Center and overlooking the Sims Municipal Recycling, will also host weddings and other special occasions.

An event space and kitchen are currently under construction, and co-founder Ben Flanner said the farm would ideally host parties in the future using fresh herbs to garnish drinks.

Plants grow on the new farm. Photo by Ian C. Roberts

Borough President Eric Adams said that it was crucial for similar operations like Brooklyn Grange to open in low-income communities. “We don’t need fast food. We need farm food, and it’s right here in the heart of our city,” he said. “This is profitable to be able to grow food in an urban environment: Not only isolated in communities that are gentrified, but also in Brownsville, East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“There’s no reason we can’t have a Brooklyn Grange on the top of every NYCHA building so they can grow healthy food and live a healthy lifestyle. We can’t grow new land but we can better utilize our rooftops.”

The space, which officially opens on Sunday, ill be open to the public every Sunday through October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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THE LEDE: Good morning! One hundred bus shelters across the five boroughs, including 18 in Brooklyn, will be adorned with photographs depicting life in New York City as part of a new project from Bushwick-based artist Elle Pérez. The exhibit, commissioned by the Public Art Fund and titled “from sun to sun,” opens today. “There is something about [Perez’s] photographs that stops you in your tracks,” assistant curator Katerina Stathopoulou said.

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THE RUNDOWN

 

~ TRUMP’S NEW RULE TARGETING LEGAL IMMIGRANTS SPARKS PUSHBACK IN NYC: New York City elected officials and advocacy groups immediately pushed back against a new regulation that will make it easier for the federal government to reject green card and visa applications by penalizing those who rely on public programs like food stamps and housing vouchers.

~ NO PACIFIC PARK GYM WITHOUT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, LOCALS DEMAND: Elected officials and civic leaders called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop the construction of a field house and gym at the Pacific Park mega-project (formerly called Atlantic Yards) until a full-scale environmental review is done.

~ NEW YORK CITY’S BUS STOPS ARE GETTING A MAKEOVER: The exhibit will feature 16 images at bus stops across Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg.

~ HAIL, TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS HEADED BROOKLYN’S WAY TUESDAY: New York City is in for some more nasty weather. Severe thunderstorm development is possible Tuesday through the end of the week, according to a “hazardous weather outlook” issued by the National Weather Service on Monday.

~ CROWN HEIGHTS COMES TOGETHER AT ANNUAL SEAN PRICE MURAL MEMORIAL: Controversy surrounding a Crown Heights mural faded to the background on Thursday as friends, family members and fans of the late rapper Sean Price came together to observe the four-year anniversary of his passing.

~ RED-LIGHT SCOFFLAW KILLS CYCLIST JOSE ALZORRIZ IN MIDWOOD: The 14th cyclist of the year to be struck and killed in Brooklyn died on Sunday, police said, with startling and graphic surveillance and dashboard camera video showing the car crash that led to the man’s death. The cyclist, 52-year-old Jose Alzorriz, is the 19th to die citywide in 2019.

~ CITY PAYS OUT $20K IN SEPARATE LAWSUIT AGAINST BROOKLYN COP ACCUSED OF 2017 RAPE: One of the Brooklyn cops accused of raping an 18-year-old girl in the back of a police car in 2017 after a traffic stop was also sued for the alleged unlawful arrest and assault of another woman just months earlier, according to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The city settled the lawsuit for $20,000 in June.

 

MORE BROOKLYN NEWS

~ A Crown Heights Jewish school installs bullet-resistant classroom doors. (New York Post)

~ Restaurateur John Winterman, owner of michelin-starred Bâtard, is opening a brasserie in Williamsburg. (Food & Wine)

~ “Jehovah’s Witnesses leaders to be sued for sexual abuse under new Child Victims Act” (Daily News)

 

STAFF PICKS

~ READ: “The radical transformations of a battered women’s shelter” (The New Yorker)

~ DRINK: Here are the five best spritzes in New York City, including two in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

~ LAUGH: The president uses his Magic 8-Ball for guidance. (The Week)

~ LIVE: In April, President Trump said the noise from wind turbines “causes cancer,” but 99 percent of Iowans beg to differ, according to a new poll. (Time)

 

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6:30PM — Family History Today: Researching your Ancestral Town at the Center for Jewish History. Details.

7:00PM — Book Launch: “On the Clock” by Emily Guendelsberger in conversation with Jessica Bruder at powerHouse Arena. Details.

7:00PM — Pilates with Dodge YMCA at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.

 

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In 1944, the Eagle reported, “Eight of Luna Park’s 16 1/2 acres were reduced to a mass of twisted, smoking wreckage late yesterday by a spectacular fire, which, though resulting in an estimated total of $500,000 damage, was brought under control without causing a single fatality.”

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A recent cover of Stylist declares this season “The Summer of Spritz.”

👑 ROYAL WATCH

Here are the seven best royal family podcasts. (Town & Country)

🏀 SPORTS

The Brooklyn Nets’ 2019-20 schedule was released. (NBA.com)

 

BIRTHDAYS 

Happy birthday to Janet Yellen, Kathleen Battle, Kevin Tighe, Danny Bonaduce, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, DeMarcus Cousins, Sebastian Stan, Philippe Petit, Quinn Cummings and Shani Davis!

 

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SAN JUAN, P.R. — The uprising that toppled Puerto Rico’s leaders might be traced to a day earlier this month, when the governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló, was not even on the island. He was on vacation in Europe, curating his Instagram feed with smiling pictures of him and his wife savoring Paris.

The political legacy that he and his father — a former governor — had built began to show the first signs of crumbling a few days into the trip, when two top former members of his administration were indicted on federal corruption charges. A day later, several nasty text messages that he and his close circle of powerful friends had written — one calling a prominent female politician a “whore” — were leaked. Mr. Rosselló frantically cut his vacation short, hopping off a cruise ship at a port of call and onto three different planes, leaving his family behind.

The Colectiva Feminista en Construcción, a women’s group that had long been at odds with the governor, had already sprung into action. When Mr. Rosselló walked off a plane on July 11, looking bleary-eyed and distracted, he found nearly 100 people brought in by the feminist collective and other activist groups, waving protest signs and demanding that he step down.

“We went to the airport so that he would see the country that he was coming back to,” said Shariana Ferrer, one of the organizers. “This wasn’t just about words. This wasn’t because they called us whores. This was a governor who abused his power.”

In an extraordinary turn of events, some of the same people who had been privately denigrated by Mr. Rosselló and his confidants — journalists, feminists, musical performers and L.G.B.T. organizers — turned the tables on the governor. Capitalizing on already festering ire over the territory’s weak economy, graft scandals and a callous response to Hurricane Maria, the small demonstration at the airport turned into a series of mass street protests that toppled his government in just two weeks.

Mr. Rosselló, a 40-year-old M.I.T.-educated engineer and scion of a political dynasty, announced on Wednesday that he would step down — left virtually alone after the departure of many of his top aides and officials. “My mandate is over, and the most I wish for is peace and progress for our people,” he said.

His dramatic ouster, and the furious rejection of the corruption that Puerto Ricans perceive as deeply rooted in their government, shook the island to its core and challenged a long-entrenched political system. All the more remarkable was that the people who made it happen came from outside the establishment that, until now, comfortably ruled this island of 3.2 million.

“Nobody can claim credit for this moment, because there are no leaders in this movement. This is an organic movement,” Ms. Ferrer, of the Colectiva Feminista, said this week. “But it’s not spontaneous. This is the culmination of years of grass-roots work, community work, and social political organizations.”

A Crisis Develops

In many ways, the turbulent events that caused the governor to resign had their beginnings in late June. That is when Raúl Maldonado Gautier, the secretary of the Treasury and a former chief of staff to the governor, told a radio interviewer that there was an “institutional mafia” operating a profit-making business in his department. Some of them had threatened him and tried to extort him, he said.

He was fired.

“We cannot allow people in the government who are not loyal to the governor or the central administration,” Erik Rolón, Mr. Rosselló’s deputy chief of staff, told reporters.

Mr. Maldonado’s son, Raúl Maldonado Nieves, took to Facebook to denounce Mr. Rosselló as “corrupt.” In short order, the police showed up at his house, purportedly to investigate whether he had the proper permits for a cache of firearms he owns, and his lawyer declared that a political war was underway.

Evidence of the kind of corruption Mr. Maldonado Gautier was talking about became shockingly apparent on July 10, when the federal Justice Department unveiled a wide-ranging indictment accusing the former education secretary and the former executive director of the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration of unlawfully steering about $15.5 million in federal contracts to politically connected consultants.

The same week, Sandra Rodríguez Cotto, a local blogger, was releasing some of the first eye-opening messages from the chat group the governor had shared with 11 top-ranking officials, friends and lobbyists on the Telegram messaging app. Even the few messages initially released showed that the smooth, polished image that the governor displayed in public disappeared when he was among friends; he and his associates talked in private with open contempt about those around them.

Ms. Rodríguez Cotto herself did not escape their commentary. “They mocked me for being a woman, for being black, for being fat,” she said.

The governor, after hurrying home from vacation, apologized for the leaked texts immediately. “Yes, I use bad language, I send memes, I send sarcastic things,” he told journalists. “I’m not proud of that and when these things happen I start by saying that I apologize.”

But people already had begun to gather on the streets.

The next day, the governor holed up in La Fortaleza, the opulent 16th-century palace that serves as the official governor’s residence. From early morning into the night, he held meetings with the top ranks of his New Progressive Party. First came state lawmakers. Then mayors. Then members of his Cabinet. Then Representative Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s nonvoting resident commissioner in Congress.

If the governor was to hold on to power, these were the people he needed to remain by his side. But many of them already were worried whether Mr. Rosselló — and, more important, the ruling pro-statehood party — could survive the scandal.

“Internally, all members were really concerned that this might drag down the whole party on the island,” said a person who was at the five-hour meeting with members of the Legislative Assembly, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the private conversations. “Everyone was slamming the governor, saying this is only going to get worse.”

One of the mayors, María E. Meléndez of Ponce, left in a huff. She said she felt the governor had glossed over his apology too quickly, trying to divert to future policy actions instead.

“I was indignant,” Ms. Meléndez said in an interview.

Still, Mr. Rosselló’s inner circle remained defiant. His chief of staff, Ricardo Llerandi, one of the participants of the chat, practically dared reporters to publish the chat in full, saying the revelations that were being leaked a little at a time were a daily distraction.

“I think that whoever has the chat should make it public,” he said. “Let everything that was written in that chat be known.”

Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, a group of reporters that had started up 11 years ago with crowd funding and donations from various foundations, managed to get a copy of a full two months of the chat — 889 pages of it.

The reporters divvied up the pages and read through the trove. In San Juan’s blistering heat, the reporters stayed in their newsroom until 6 p.m., when the air conditioning was turned off. Then they worked in their cars. The gasoline ran out, so they decamped to a colleague’s house.

What they found was shocking: Members of Mr. Rosselló’s inner circle boasted about unleashing trolls against their critics on social media. They exchanged one meme after another mimicking President Trump, a colossally divisive figure in Puerto Rico. The governor mocked a poverty-stricken woman who had torn down a photograph of him in a government office after being denied food stamps. There were texts about using the government’s advertising budget to assert control over newspapers.

“There’s no other way to describe it: It was an atomic bomb,” Benjamín Torres Gotay, a prominent Puerto Rican journalist, wrote in El Nuevo Día of the scoop published by his competitors. “For the first time, the country could see the ruling class without their masks on.”

Women’s groups, unions, musical performers and L.G.B.T. organizers began to muster supporters and flowed into the streets.

On the morning of July 13, the story about the chats and its accompanying archive spread like wildfire across the island and out to the Puerto Rican diaspora on the mainland. It was as if hell had broken loose in Puerto Rico’s politics.

Luis Rivera Marín, the secretary of state, a member of the chat group and next in line to succeed the governor, said he would step down, calling his resignation a “moral obligation.” Christian Sobrino, another chat group member and the governor’s representative to the federal board overseeing the island’s finances, also resigned.

Political leaders across Puerto Rico tried to understand how far the scandal’s impacts would reach. Luis G. Fortuño, a former governor of Puerto Rico who now practices corporate law in Washington, was on the island visiting relatives when the full archive was published. He was stunned, he said, that Mr. Rosselló, an engineer whom Mr. Fortuño had viewed as a “policy wonk,” could be so callous and careless in private.

Mr. Fortuño reached out in a text message to one of the men in the chat group, writing: “I can’t believe this is happening. I’m sorry for your family.”

Another member of the chat group called Mr. Fortuño that weekend and asked him for advice about what to do.

“I told him the test was if you could look your mother and father in the eye and explain this was all right,” Mr. Fortuño recalled. “If not, it’s time to go,” he told him.

“I got dead silence when I said that,” Mr. Fortuño said.

The Fall

Despite the turmoil, Mr. Rosselló vowed to remain in power. That first weekend back from his vacation, Mr. Rosselló was alone at La Fortaleza, without his family. He went to an evangelical church on Sunday to seek public contrition — and to shore up his political base among conservatives, who make up a key voting bloc of his New Progressive Party.

But at the same time, activists on the streets were digging in, organizing one protest after another in front of Mr. Rosselló’s residence. They described many of the demonstrations as “autoconvocados,” which translates to “self-convened.” These events blended the staging expertise and the expansive networks that longtime advocates have cultivated with the raw energy of the public.

After several clashes between police officers and protesters, for example, Nicole Curet, 32, a feminist activist, became interested in hosting an event at La Fortaleza focused on constitutional rights. On Monday, July 22, she put out a call about such an event on Facebook and people immediately responded, offering to help.

Word of the event also spread through social media and messaging services like WhatsApp, where people had been circulating calendars of the protests, and activists from other groups offered to join in.

“One person, I don’t even know his name, he contacted me and was like, ‘I have the audio equipment, I just need a place to plug it.’ Then people from nearby businesses offered to let us run an extension cord,” Ms. Curet said. “At the same time somebody else had a very similar idea and he posted it on Twitter, and so we teamed up.”

By Tuesday night, Ms. Curet was standing outside the governor’s residence reading the Puerto Rico Constitution to hundreds of cheering protesters. Alejandro Santiago Calderón, an L.G.B.T. advocate and a friend of Ms. Curet, read a section of the Constitution on equal rights while holding a large L.G.B.T. pride flag.

The people who organized the protests were not all Mr. Rosselló’s traditional political opponents. Groups advocating for Puerto Rico’s independence from the United States — Mr. Rosselló is a strong supporter of statehood — and other progressive organizations had a hand in kicking off the demonstrations. But the center of gravity quickly spread outward to people not often involved in politics, including artists, who drew in celebrities with huge followings.

Famous Puerto Rican musicians, including the pop artist Ricky Martin, the rapper Residente, his sister iLe, and the Latin trap artist Bad Bunny, flew in to join the protests. The latter three produced a protest song — “Afilando los Cuchillos” (“Sharpening the Knives”) — that had 2.5 million views on YouTube within a day of its release.

Mr. Rosselló held two lengthy news conferences, but each time he tried to contain the political damage, there were more calls from the street for his resignation.

A “considerable” number of Cabinet members were on the verge of resigning, said a former administration official who heard from them about their concerns. A week into the scandal, it had become increasingly clear that Mr. Rosselló would have serious trouble governing even if he remained in office, because he would not be able to appoint people quickly enough to keep up with the rate of attrition within the staff.

Agency heads and other high-ranking employees found themselves unable to reach the governor’s office for feedback on policy initiatives and other work while Mr. Rosselló and his aides were hunkered down at La Fortaleza.

On Monday, as hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets and shut down a major highway in San Juan, Mr. Rosselló gave an interview to Fox News’s Shepard Smith. It was a humiliating debacle. The news anchor badgered the governor to provide a single name of a public official who was still supporting him. The governor thought and mentioned the mayor of San Sebastián, a town of 42,000 people. Not long after the broadcast, the mayor, Javier Jiménez, said the governor had gotten it wrong. He did not want the governor to resign: He wanted him impeached.

The governor’s wife visited a women’s shelter, apparently trying to spread good will among women’s activists, only for the shelter directors to ask her to take down the photographs she had posted of the visit on Facebook.

On Tuesday, several key aides, including the governor’s chief of staff, quit.

By that afternoon, word began to emerge from La Fortaleza that Mr. Rosselló was preparing to announce his resignation.

Still, protesters ratcheted up the pressure. They designed T-shirts depicting a decapitated Mr. Rosselló and adorned the walls of Old San Juan with anti-government graffiti.

Ms. Curet, the activist, said that when the machinery of protest first kicked into gear after the leaks, she and many others had doubts that the anger over the chat messages would amount to much beyond a few news cycles. But the general public, she said, was not only sympathetic, but eager to join in their demonstrations.

One after another, people said they had had enough.

Finally, 15 days after the first texts had surfaced, Mr. Rosselló had had enough, too.

Near midnight on Wednesday, the governor appeared in a recorded message to announce that he would resign on Aug. 2. The streets of San Juan erupted in celebrations.

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