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NYC had one of the world's deadliest COVID outbreaks in 2020. What lessons have we learned?

Thursday, August 31, 2023

A new report says New York City's initial COVID-19 wave hit weeks earlier than initially reported and says leaders should apply lessons from spring 2020 to prepare for the next pandemic.


Fireflies are under threat, so NY scientists are trying to count how many are left

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

There’s a movement underway to understand how imperiled firefly populations are and safeguard the charismatic beetle beloved for its bioluminescent abdomen. 


South Asian calls to NYC domestic violence hotline double in summer months

Monday, August 07, 2023

Advocates are trying to highlight the unique ways domestic violence can occur within South Asian communities — not only in New York City but nationwide.


How to stay safe during NYC's first heat wave of the summer

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Young children and senior citizens are most at risk during an extreme heat event, but pregnant women and people on certain medications may want to take precautions, too. 


Migratory waterbirds love New York Harbor islands, but humans are forcing them out

Friday, July 07, 2023

Gothamist joined a research tour of the harbor’s avian breeding grounds, which are threatened by climate change and urban predators.


Bronx’s first overdose prevention center delayed over NIMBYism, lack of public funding

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction is working to open the first overdose prevention center in the Bronx. But the plan is facing delays amid the quest for community buy-in and funding.


NYC health advisory extended for ‘unhealthy’ air

Thursday, June 08, 2023

Friday will mark the fourth day in a row the city will be blanketed in unhealthy air due to wildfires raging to the north in Canada.


Today's Air Quality Update

Thursday, June 08, 2023

The latest on the area's air quality as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to blanket the Northeast.

As NYC ban on dirty fuel looms, building owners struggle with pivot to clean heating

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

NYC is phasing out fuel oil in buildings, but many holdouts say switching to cleaner heating alternatives comes with red tape.


Why bacon, egg and cheese prices have doubled and more convos in Bronx bodegas

Thursday, May 11, 2023

In a new health community survey, we asked bodega owners and customers about food costs, the mental toll of crime and their views on weed legalization.


NYC offers nearly 100 free fitness classes. We tried a few to see what they’re like.

Wednesday, May 03, 2023

Out of shape and on a budget? This spring, revive your workout routine with Shape Up NYC.


‘A layer cake of environmental pollution’: Greenpoint struggles with rezoning 18 years on

Saturday, April 22, 2023

New York City's vision of replacing a contaminated industrial shoreline with a community of luxury towers remains incomplete — and may now be threatened by sea level rise.


Electric vehicles make up 1% of NYC cars. Will an EPA emissions crackdown spark a boom?

Thursday, April 20, 2023

A federal proposal could make electric vehicles account for two-thirds of new cars by 2032, but NYC will have to get creative in order to build chargers and encourage purchases.


Missing funding, real estate competition are slowing NY’s weed rollout, insiders say

Monday, April 17, 2023

Progress has been so slow and cumbersome that early entrepreneurs are now competing against a state program that’s supposed to help them, advocates and lawyers said.


NYC is behind in meeting its solar energy goals. Can it catch up?

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

The city has pledged to develop enough solar power by 2030 to energize 250,000 homes. It needs to significantly ramp up its pace of solar panel installations to get there.


COVID-19 upended NYC’s nursing workforce. 3 years later, hospitals are trying to rebuild it.

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

While workforce data shows new nurses are entering the profession in large numbers, those monitoring health care trends said staffing gaps remain at NYC hospitals.


Health workers in NYC describe confusion, errors in early days of asylum seeker vaccine clinics

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A medical company contracted by NYC to bring migrants up to date on vaccines struggled early on, according to internal documents and interviews with staff members.


3 years after NYC’s first COVID death, grievers find support with one another

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Members of COVID support groups are united by the difficulties each has faced losing a loved one to a virus that has been politicized and, in some circles, dismissed as a cause of death.

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Toxic fumes detected at popular Brooklyn shuffleboard club for past 2 years

Friday, March 10, 2023

Residents of Gowanus are crying foul over toxic vapors that are seeping into the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. State regulators have known about the contamination for nearly two years.


Should NYC compost its tons of dog poop? One neighborhood is trying it.

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

In Battery Park City, dog owners have already composted nearly 5,700 pounds of pet feces since 2019 to help grow plants on roadside medians. That’s just over half a ton a year.