This interactive map will show you every toxic site in NYC
Find out what environmental blights are afflicting your neighborhood (or workplace, school et al.) with PropertyShark’s alarming data map
Tue Nov 19 2013
Image via PropertyShark
In utterly alarming and appalling news, PropertyShark mapped out the toxic sites in NYC—and they are everywhere. If you thought that by living a distance from a designated Superfund site such as, say, the Gowanus Canal, you were home free, think again. The real-estate website's data-visualization project shows every single environmental infraction in town, running the gamut from gasoline spills to hazardous-waste violations (and everything in between). Worse still, they appear to be on every corner of all five boroughs.
You can search the map by address, view it as a satellite image, and even compare properties by price. The compiled findings may look totally disheartening, but the folks at BrickUnderground interviewed Nancy Jorisch, one of PropertyShark's data analysts, and she had some (sort of) reassuring words. “People shouldn’t panic if they see an icon near a property they're looking to buy," she said. "Not all icons are equally serious and some issues are much more benign than others." Make of that what you will.
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