The Upper West Side has the worst air pollution in NYC
A study by NYC Clean Heat found that the uptown 'hood has the dirtiest air in the city, followed by the Upper East Side and midtown
Thu Nov 21 2013
According to city data, the Upper West Side has the most polluted air in New York City. A study conducted by NYC Clean Heat, a NYC.gov organization that works to eliminate air pollution by helping buildings convert to clean fuels, found that the ritzy uptown neighborhood is the biggest soot emitter in town, followed closely by the Upper East Side and midtown.
Surprsingly, air quality in NYC is more impacted by heavy heating fuels—which emit toxins like sulfur and nickel—than by impurities emitted by automobiles. The UWS's dense and large buildings are likely the reason for this dubious honor, said a rep from NYC Clean Heat; head over to the organization's website for information on how to switch to clean heating oils.
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