Looking at New York City air with the New York Daily News

I spent a very enjoyable day and half with NY Daily News reporter Vickie Cavaliere and two photographers. We took air samples with the spore suckers at 6 different NYC sites, from a bosquey Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to hipster Williamsburg, from Chinatown to the Bruckner Expressway. Interesting and somewhat surprising results.

 

Here is a link to the piece:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-air-full-junk-article-1.1176851

 

I note that some of the comments ask, What did I expect? I guess the point is that I did not expect to find nothing. Only in the clean room where semiconductors are made is there nothing. What was surprising was how much carbon took over the sample along the Bruckner Expwy. We think we have controlled pollution, but I wonder if we really have. Asthma is now second leading cause of morbidity and mortality in US. Asthma is constriction of the airways, an inflammatory response certainly related to large number aerosols lodging there.