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Efforts to reduce air pollution should focus on neighborhoods with the worst health impacts.

Every year in NYC between 2015 and 2017 (the most recent years for which this analysis is …

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Staying safe in cold weather

Cold weather can be dangerous. Here are some tips for staying safe this winter.

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ZAPPA: A tool to understand air quality policies

How do we know what air quality policies will have the biggest …

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Efforts to reduce air pollution should focus on neighborhoods with the worst health impacts.

Every year in NYC between 2015 and 2017 (the most recent years for which this analysis is available), fine particulate matter pollution from motor …

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Staying safe in cold weather

Cold weather can be dangerous. Here are some tips for staying safe this winter.

Read more...

ZAPPA: A tool to understand air quality policies

How do we know what air quality policies will have the biggest effect? New York City’s air quality is generally good and has been improving over …

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The redesigned EH Data Portal

The Environment and Health Data Portal looks a little bit different! We recently redesigned our site to make it easier for you to find important data …

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An update on air quality during COVID-19

Big improvements in outdoor air quality during COVID-19 reveal impacts of traffic and commercial cooking On March 20, 2020, New York State announced …

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How power outages affect health

Imagine your child has asthma. One summer night, a powerful storm rolls in and knocks the power out. Your child starts to have trouble breathing. …

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The urban heat island effect in NYC

In New York City and across the country, more people die from extreme heat than from all other natural disasters combined. To understand how to keep …

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Tracking changes in New York City's sources of air pollution

As city life changes, so does its air quality, as sources of emissions that affect the city’s outdoor air quality, like truck traffic, building …

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Why violence is a public health issue

Using public health to prevent violence Experiencing violence affects people in many ways. It not only causes physical injury or death, but being …

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A brief history of redlining

Inside the 90-year-old financial policy that harms our health In public health, we often cite structural racism to help explain health patterns in our …

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Health, housing, and history

For health, place matters What determines whether or not you’re healthy? You may think about what you eat, whether you exercise, whether you smoke and …

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Environments matter: the road to street safety in NYC

The COVID-19 public health emergency has changed New York City in many ways - including how we get around the city. As the city continues to adapt to …

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Protecting New Yorkers from extreme heat

Hot weather is dangerous. In New York City and across the country, more people on average die from extreme heat each year than from all other natural …

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Neighborhood boundaries on the EH Data Portal

New York City has hundreds of neighborhoods and nearly as many ways of drawing neighborhood boundaries. When you visit the Environment & Health Data …

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Air quality during COVID-19

What happens when NYC stays home? The COVID-19 pandemic upended the lives of all New Yorkers. The outbreak has affected many aspects of our daily …

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Air quality snapshots: special findings from 10 years of NYCCAS

Skip Nav Air quality snapshots: 10 years of NYC air quality monitoring A traffic health threat: air toxics Noise levels that harm health The benefits …

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Disparities in violence

Violence has profound effects. An assault, a shooting, a homicide, or any use of force affects people in many deep ways. Violence causes physical and …

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Why we're working with you to redesign the data portal

We’re making changes, and we need your help. A few months ago, when we redesigned the home page of the Environment & Health Data Portal, we wrote that …

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Air quality in car-free areas

Does the air improve in car-free zones? People often ask us this, and it’s a great question. To answer, we turn to the NYC Community Air Survey, or …

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What our air quality monitors tell us about NYC's neighborhoods

In Part 1, we looked at data from the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) - a network of about 100 air quality monitors - to see if air …

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Breathe easy: NYC's air quality is improving

The air we breathe can have a major effect on our health — air pollution can make asthma worse and can cause heart disease, lung disease, strokes, and …

Read more...

What hot weather means for food safety

New Yorkers eat out more than a billion times a year. To help keep diners safe, the Health Department educates restaurant operators about food safety …

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Why asthma is a social justice issue

Poverty affects health in many ways. In New York City, the story of asthma clearly illustrates this connection. To understand the connection between …

Read more...

Efforts to reduce air pollution should focus on neighborhoods with the worst health impacts.

Every year in NYC between 2015 and 2017 (the most recent years for which this analysis is available), fine particulate matter pollution from motor …

Read more...

ZAPPA: A tool to understand air quality policies

How do we know what air quality policies will have the biggest effect? New York City’s air quality is generally good and has been improving over …

Read more...

An update on air quality during COVID-19

Big improvements in outdoor air quality during COVID-19 reveal impacts of traffic and commercial cooking On March 20, 2020, New York State announced …

Read more...

Tracking changes in New York City's sources of air pollution

As city life changes, so does its air quality, as sources of emissions that affect the city’s outdoor air quality, like truck traffic, building …

Read more...

Air quality during COVID-19

What happens when NYC stays home? The COVID-19 pandemic upended the lives of all New Yorkers. The outbreak has affected many aspects of our daily …

Read more...

Air quality snapshots: special findings from 10 years of NYCCAS

Skip Nav Air quality snapshots: 10 years of NYC air quality monitoring A traffic health threat: air toxics Noise levels that harm health The benefits …

Read more...

Air quality in car-free areas

Does the air improve in car-free zones? People often ask us this, and it’s a great question. To answer, we turn to the NYC Community Air Survey, or …

Read more...

What our air quality monitors tell us about NYC's neighborhoods

In Part 1, we looked at data from the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) - a network of about 100 air quality monitors - to see if air …

Read more...

Breathe easy: NYC's air quality is improving

The air we breathe can have a major effect on our health — air pollution can make asthma worse and can cause heart disease, lung disease, strokes, and …

Read more...

Efforts to reduce air pollution should focus on neighborhoods with the worst health impacts.

Every year in NYC between 2015 and 2017 (the most recent years for which this analysis is available), fine particulate matter pollution from motor …

Read more...

ZAPPA: A tool to understand air quality policies

How do we know what air quality policies will have the biggest effect? New York City’s air quality is generally good and has been improving over …

Read more...

An update on air quality during COVID-19

Big improvements in outdoor air quality during COVID-19 reveal impacts of traffic and commercial cooking On March 20, 2020, New York State announced …

Read more...

Environments matter: the road to street safety in NYC

The COVID-19 public health emergency has changed New York City in many ways - including how we get around the city. As the city continues to adapt to …

Read more...

Air quality during COVID-19

What happens when NYC stays home? The COVID-19 pandemic upended the lives of all New Yorkers. The outbreak has affected many aspects of our daily …

Read more...

Air quality snapshots: special findings from 10 years of NYCCAS

Skip Nav Air quality snapshots: 10 years of NYC air quality monitoring A traffic health threat: air toxics Noise levels that harm health The benefits …

Read more...

Air quality in car-free areas

Does the air improve in car-free zones? People often ask us this, and it’s a great question. To answer, we turn to the NYC Community Air Survey, or …

Read more...

What our air quality monitors tell us about NYC's neighborhoods

In Part 1, we looked at data from the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) - a network of about 100 air quality monitors - to see if air …

Read more...

Efforts to reduce air pollution should focus on neighborhoods with the worst health impacts.

Every year in NYC between 2015 and 2017 (the most recent years for which this analysis is available), fine particulate matter pollution from motor …

Read more...

How power outages affect health

Imagine your child has asthma. One summer night, a powerful storm rolls in and knocks the power out. Your child starts to have trouble breathing. …

Read more...

Why violence is a public health issue

Using public health to prevent violence Experiencing violence affects people in many ways. It not only causes physical injury or death, but being …

Read more...

A brief history of redlining

Inside the 90-year-old financial policy that harms our health In public health, we often cite structural racism to help explain health patterns in our …

Read more...

Health, housing, and history

For health, place matters What determines whether or not you’re healthy? You may think about what you eat, whether you exercise, whether you smoke and …

Read more...

Protecting New Yorkers from extreme heat

Hot weather is dangerous. In New York City and across the country, more people on average die from extreme heat each year than from all other natural …

Read more...

Disparities in violence

Violence has profound effects. An assault, a shooting, a homicide, or any use of force affects people in many deep ways. Violence causes physical and …

Read more...

Why asthma is a social justice issue

Poverty affects health in many ways. In New York City, the story of asthma clearly illustrates this connection. To understand the connection between …

Read more...

Staying safe in cold weather

Cold weather can be dangerous. Here are some tips for staying safe this winter.

Read more...

How power outages affect health

Imagine your child has asthma. One summer night, a powerful storm rolls in and knocks the power out. Your child starts to have trouble breathing. …

Read more...

The urban heat island effect in NYC

In New York City and across the country, more people die from extreme heat than from all other natural disasters combined. To understand how to keep …

Read more...

Protecting New Yorkers from extreme heat

Hot weather is dangerous. In New York City and across the country, more people on average die from extreme heat each year than from all other natural …

Read more...

What hot weather means for food safety

New Yorkers eat out more than a billion times a year. To help keep diners safe, the Health Department educates restaurant operators about food safety …

Read more...

Staying safe in cold weather

Cold weather can be dangerous. Here are some tips for staying safe this winter.

Read more...

Why violence is a public health issue

Using public health to prevent violence Experiencing violence affects people in many ways. It not only causes physical injury or death, but being …

Read more...

A brief history of redlining

Inside the 90-year-old financial policy that harms our health In public health, we often cite structural racism to help explain health patterns in our …

Read more...

Health, housing, and history

For health, place matters What determines whether or not you’re healthy? You may think about what you eat, whether you exercise, whether you smoke and …

Read more...

Why asthma is a social justice issue

Poverty affects health in many ways. In New York City, the story of asthma clearly illustrates this connection. To understand the connection between …

Read more...

An update on air quality during COVID-19

Big improvements in outdoor air quality during COVID-19 reveal impacts of traffic and commercial cooking On March 20, 2020, New York State announced …

Read more...

Tracking changes in New York City's sources of air pollution

As city life changes, so does its air quality, as sources of emissions that affect the city’s outdoor air quality, like truck traffic, building …

Read more...

What hot weather means for food safety

New Yorkers eat out more than a billion times a year. To help keep diners safe, the Health Department educates restaurant operators about food safety …

Read more...

The redesigned EH Data Portal

The Environment and Health Data Portal looks a little bit different! We recently redesigned our site to make it easier for you to find important data …

Read more...

Neighborhood boundaries on the EH Data Portal

New York City has hundreds of neighborhoods and nearly as many ways of drawing neighborhood boundaries. When you visit the Environment & Health Data …

Read more...

Why we're working with you to redesign the data portal

We’re making changes, and we need your help. A few months ago, when we redesigned the home page of the Environment & Health Data Portal, we wrote that …

Read more...