UrbaNerd: How Much Hazardous Material is in Your Neighborhood?

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The city conducted more than 7,300 inspections of placed on its Citywide Facility Inventory Database in fiscal 2014 and issued 449 violations—most of them for failing to file forms, but a few for failing to grant access.


The city conducted more than 7,300 inspections of placed on its Citywide Facility Inventory Database in fiscal 2014 and issued 449 violations—most of them for failing to file forms, but a few for failing to grant access.

Every year, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection tallies up how many facilities within its borders handle hazardous waste—which can include everything from used oil to unpronounceable chemicals—and breaks down just where those toxic supplies are.

The information in DEP’s annual report about “HazMat” is culled from a Citywide Facility Inventory Database that, at last count, included 10,819 facilities. Last year, that list grew by just under 2,000 places.

Some of those facilities deal with a lot more hazardous stuff than others: Only 1,376 made the list of “facilities Reporting 10,000 Pounds or More of a Hazardous Substance.” DEP reports that information by community board, and the map and chart below indicate how much is reported per board (though not the specific location of any facility).

The city conducted more than 7,300 inspections of those facilities in fiscal 2014 and issued 449 violations—most of them for failing to file forms, but a few for failing to grant access. There were also more than 3,000 hazmat incidents in FY14, about 1,000 of which involved actual spills of chemicals or oil. Responding to those problems was a multi-agency team consisting of DEP HazMat specialists, specially trained police officers and firefighters, sanitation cops, health department staff and folks from the Office of Emergency Management.

In the annual report, DEP thanks “All concerned individuals who report unsafe acts, storage or releases that involve the spread of hazardous substances into our environment.” That’s done via 311.

Community Board Neighborhoods Number of Facilities Reporting 10,000 Pounds or More of a Hazardous Substance
Bronx 1 Mott Haven, Port Morris, Melrose 25
Bronx 2 Hunts Point, Longwood, Morrisania 14
Bronx 3 Crotona Park, Claremont Village, Concourse Village, Woodstock, and Morrisania 4
Bronx 4 Highbridge, Concourse, Mount Eden, and Concourse Village 8
Bronx 5 Fordham, University Heights, Morris Heights, Bathgate, and Mount Hope 5
Bronx 6 Belmont, Bathgate, West Farms, East Tremont, and Bronx Park Sout 10
Bronx 7 Norwood, University Heights, Jerome Park, Bedford Park, Fordham, and Kingsbridge Heights 11
Bronx 8 Fieldston, Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Marble Hill, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Van Cortlandt Village 8
Bronx 9 Parkchester, Unionport, Soundview, Castle Hill, Bruckner, Harding Park, Bronx River and Clason Point 15
Bronx 10 Co-op City, City Island, Spencer Estates, Throggs Neck, Country Club, Zerega, Westchester Square, Pelham Bay, Eastchester Bay, Schuylerville, Edgewater, Locust Point, and Silver Beach 14
Bronx 11 Allerton, Bronx Park East, Eastchester Gardens, Indian Village, Morris Park, Olinville, Parkside, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Van Nest, and Westchester Heights 12
Bronx 12 Edenwald, Wakefield, Williamsbridge, Woodlawn, Fish Bay, Eastchester, Olinville, and Baychester 16
Brooklyn 1 Flushing Avenue, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Northside, and Southside 41
Brooklyn 2 Brooklyn Heights, Fulton Mall, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Fulton Ferry, and Clinton Hill 36
Brooklyn 3 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights, and Ocean Hill 7
Brooklyn 4 Bushwick 5
Brooklyn 5 East New York, Cypress Hills, Highland Park, New Lots, City Line, Starrett City, and Ridgewood 26
Brooklyn 6 Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Cobble Hill 19
Brooklyn 7 Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace 30
Brooklyn 8 Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Weeksville 5
Brooklyn 9 Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Wingate 9
Brooklyn 10 Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton 6
Brooklyn 11 Bath Beach, Gravesend, Mapleton, and Bensonhurst 13
Brooklyn 12 Boro Park, Kensington, Ocean Parkway, and Midwood 4
Brooklyn 13 Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, and Seagate 9
Brooklyn 14 Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington, and Ocean Parkway 6
Brooklyn 15 Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Kings Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Kings Highway, East Gravesend, Madison, Homecrest, and Plum Beach 9
Brooklyn 16 Brownsville and Ocean Hill 6
Brooklyn 17 East Flatbush, Remsen Village, Farragut, Rugby, Erasmus and Ditmas Village 6
Brooklyn 18 Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands, Marine Park, Georgetown, and Mill Island 30
Manhattan 1 Tribeca, Seaport/Civic Center, Financial District, Battery Park City 99
Manhattan 2 Greenwich Village, West Village, NoHo, SoHo, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy 30
Manhattan 3 Tompkins Square, East Village, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Two Bridges 7
Manhattan 4 Clinton, Chelsea 60
Manhattan 5 Midtown 148
Manhattan 6 Stuyvesant Town, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Peter Cooper Village, Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Sutton Place 52
Manhattan 7 Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, and Lincoln Square 16
Manhattan 8 Upper East Side, LenoxHill, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island 32
Manhattan 9 Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, and West Harlem 11
Manhattan 10 Central Harlem 4
Manhattan 11 East Harlem 12
Manhattan 12 Inwood and Washington Heights 15
Queens 1 Astoria, Old Astoria, Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ditmars, Ravenswood, Steinway, Garden Bay, and Woodside 61
Queens 2 Long Island City, Woodside, and Sunnyside 53
Queens 3 Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, North Corona, and La Guardia Airport 10
Queens 4 Corona, Corona Heights, Elmhurst, and Newtown 6
Queens 5 Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, and Liberty Park 24
Queens 6 Forest Hills and Rego Park 7
Queens 7 Flushing, Bay Terrace, College Point, Whitestone, Malba, Beechhurst, Queensboro Hill, and Willets Point 54
Queens 8 Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Pomonak Houses, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Holliswood, Flushing South, Utopia, Kew Gardens Hills, and Briarwood 10
Queens 9 Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, and Kew Gardens 8
Queens 10 Howard Beach, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Tudor Village, and Lindenwood 12
Queens 11 Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, East Flushing, Oakland Gardens, and Hollis Hills 18
Queens 12 Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village, and South Jamaica 31
Queens 13 Queens Village, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Floral Park, and Brookville 54
Queens 14 Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Rockaway Park, Rockaway and Far Rockaway 14
Staten Island 1 Arlington, Castleton Corners, Clifton, Concord, Elm Park, Fort Wadsworth, Graniteville, Grymes Hill, Livingston, Mariners Harbor, Meiers Corners, New Brighton, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Rosebank, St. George, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, Stapleton, Sunnyside, Tompkinsville, West Brighton, Westerleigh 50
Staten Island 2 Arrochar, Bloomfield, Bulls Heads, Chelsea, Dongan Hills, Egbertville, Emerson Hill, Grant City, Grasmere, High Rock, Lighthouse Hill, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Springville, Oakwood, Ocean Breeze, Old Town, Richmondtown, South Beach, Todt Hill, and Travis 31
Staten Island 3 Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Huguenot, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville, and Woodrow 28

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One thought on “UrbaNerd: How Much Hazardous Material is in Your Neighborhood?

  1. Thanks for the NYC Hazardous Materials Right-to-Know Law update. As the author of this law, back in the late 80’s. happy to see its performing its function. Also, interesting to note that after decades of gentrification, Greenpoint/Williamsburg (CB1) still has so many listed haz-mat locations

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