The Upper West Side has produced the second highest number of air quality complaints this year, Patch first reported. According to a recent study by Amast, which extracted data from 311, we’ve so far complained 151 times, just trailing Greenpoint/Williamsburg, whose residents have filed 175 complaints.
We actually came in first place last year, so if we buckle down, there’s plenty of time to catch up.
In 2020 so far, 75 of our complaints have been about fumes and odors – coming mostly from idle vehicles, but also from businesses like restaurants and nail salons.
The second biggest complaint-category has been smoke from chimneys or vents, which have yielded 58 grumbles.
Lastly, 18 Upper West Siders have complained about dust from construction and demolition sites.
I find that hard to believe since NO cars have been driving around in Upper West Side where I live in past 4 months…and most restaurants have been closed!
I think this report is false
Um… The UWS complains… a lot. I’ve lived here all my life and there’s a certain element that feels entitled enough to pick up a phone/email/pen and voice their concerns. There are issues of course, like any big city. But the higher incomes in this area have led to a higher sense of importance. And sadly it does work. People don’t just gripe, they personally know a senator/representative or someone who does and will unhesitatingly use that connection to complain… And so we end up with an article like this, which would lead one to believe that the UWS is a smog laden part of victorian london, when in fact it is a typically smoggy part of any large city. The wahmbulance is strong with this article…