Nsikan Akpan

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Why NYC Is Still So Unprepared For Flash Floods

Thursday, September 02, 2021

As Hurricane Ida proved, the region still isn’t coping well with climate change, the wrath of severe storms and the perpetual threats posed by flash floods. 


NYC Approves 4,000 Classrooms With Unreliable Ventilation For In-Person Learning

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Thousands of New York City classrooms have been cleared as having adequate ventilation for safe, in-person instruction even though they do not meet the COVID-19 standards.


Map: Ventilation In More Than 1,500 NYC Classrooms Under Repair Heading Into School Year

Monday, August 30, 2021

The size of the task is daunting, as 1 million students prepare to return to the nation’s largest public school system.


What Germ Spillovers In New York Can Tell Us About The Hunt For COVID's Origins

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

New York has long-standing issues with zoonotic spillover events.


What The Hudson Valley Could Gain From Limits On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water

Thursday, August 19, 2021

PFAS chemicals can take years to leave the human body. They’re so widespread that most Americans have some level of PFAS in their blood.

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Many NYC Municipal Employees Still Unvaccinated Despite 'Vax-Or-Test' COVID Order

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

As of Monday, 58% of city workers—or 211,115 people—have received at least one dose of the vaccines, according to data provided by the mayor’s office.

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NYC Launches COVID Vaccine Mandate—A Guide To How It Works

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The mayor has now expanded the policy to nightclubs, pools, all city museums and other cultural institutions.


Immunocompromised New Yorkers Now Eligible For Third COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

Monday, August 16, 2021

New Jersey and Connecticut adopted the new recommendation from federal regulators over the weekend, while New York followed suit Monday morning.


'Thrilled For New Leadership:' NYC Health Committee Chair On Cuomo's COVID Legacy

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

NYC Councilmember Mark Levine sees an opportunity to hit the reset button on New York's COVID response.


UN Climate Report Says There’s Still Time To Stop Worst Disasters—What NY, NJ Need To Prioritize

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The report says recent progress has slowed the release of carbon, and immediate measures could waylay the worst of future droughts, heat waves and rain-soaked floods.


NYC's New COVID Vaccine Passport Simply A 'Glorified Photo Storage App,' Critics Say

Friday, August 06, 2021

New York City will soon require vaccination before people can partake in activities like indoor dining. But cybersecurity experts are worried about the city’s new vaccine passport.


Shave And A Haircut, Two Shots: NY And NJ Salons Jump Into Vaccine Outreach

Thursday, August 05, 2021

More than 250 barbershop and salon owners across New York and New Jersey are participating in vaccine outreach via the 'Shots at the Shop' program.


Why NYC Didn't Reinstate Universal Indoor Masking

Monday, August 02, 2021

Anticipation was high on Monday when Mayor de Blasio and New York Governor Cuomo held separate press briefings to discuss masking policy.


NYC To Launch Vaccination Pop-Ups At Summer School Sites

Friday, July 23, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising a teen vaccination blitz before fall.


Wildfire Haze From Out West Could Be Worse Than Many New Yorkers Realize

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Particulate matter in the city's air is 2 to 3 times higher now than it was at the end of June.


Why It's Safe To Get Your Teenager Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Monday, July 19, 2021

Pediatrician and infectious disease expert Dr. Sean O’Leary discusses the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination in teens.

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Inside NYC's Pioneering Mental Health Clubhouse

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Fountain House pioneered the clubhouse model, when it was founded by a group of psychiatric patients in the 1940s. The idea has since proliferated across the globe.


NYC Shifts Government Retirees Onto Privatized Health Insurance

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The leaders of unions representing city workers voted Wednesday to shift retiree health benefits to a new plan under Medicare Advantage.


How Parents Can Prepare For The Delta Variant

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Because COVID-19 vaccines remain unavailable for anyone under 12, many parents are in the awkward position of being protected against the virus while their kids are not.


NYC Makes Progress Vaccinating Homeless Residents

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

So far, about 7,000—or 40%—of single adults living in city shelters have been fully vaccinated.