Air Quality in/around NYC
February 21, 2010 1:48 PM   Subscribe

We are planning a move to NYC and have a toddler with asthma. I've been trying to find information on suburbs of NYC with the best air quality but not having much luck. Everything I've read so far points northward, Westchester County....Any other suggestions? Thanks.
posted by Ailla to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Your question isn't clear.

Are you looking to live in New York City or its suburbs in Westchester?

Regardless of where you are looking to live, speak with child allergists in the area. They can give you information on childhood asthma rates.

Perhaps the CDC has this information as well.
posted by dfriedman at 2:54 PM on February 21, 2010

Or else try the forums at They can be very helpful.
posted by scratch at 3:22 PM on February 21, 2010

West Harlem Environmental Action Committee (WeAct) has tracked allergen and air quality information by neighborhood for Manhattan and occasionally for outlying areas. Their maps "chronicle such elements as polluting facilities and childhood asthma hospitalizations, the diesel bus pollution corellation, waterfront property ownership and existing marine waste transfer and handling facilities."

If you don't find what you want on their site give them a call, they might be able to provide additional information specific to the areas you are considering.
posted by tidecat at 3:58 PM on February 21, 2010

Response by poster: Sorry, my husband is looking to work in Manhattan but we will be moving to the suburbs. Thank you for the links, I will check them out!
posted by Ailla at 4:27 PM on February 21, 2010

If you child is allergic to leaf mold, beware of Westchester. I lived there most of my life and had life-threatening bouts of asthma, due to leaf mold and pollen. Once I moved to lower Manhattan (Washington Square area), the asthma STOPPED. I only have asthma when I visit my family in Westchester or Connecticut.
posted by fifilaru at 8:09 PM on February 21, 2010

Response by poster: That is interesting, glad you found some relief. Well he is only allergic to pets - dogs, cats, guinea pigs. We are just looking for air quality ratings in general. Thank you.
posted by Ailla at 6:51 AM on February 22, 2010

Response by poster: That is, air pollution, smog, etc...
posted by Ailla at 6:57 AM on February 22, 2010

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