The UES has higher concentrations of many pollutants than neighborhoods known for bad air.
The problem stems from the number of large buildings in the area burning pollution-emitting fuel.
Four people were sprayed with heating oil and had to take emergency decontamination showers.
The mayor said his PlaNYC program has gotten thousands of buildings to burn cleaner heating oil.
A contractor was fined after officials found workers dumping oil into city sewers.
An official at the DEC is concerned the green-up project could lead to more heating oil spills.
Trucks and fumes have been a problem since heating oil spilled in a basement on the block.
The Rent Guidelines Board held a public session Monday to solicit feedback on its proposed yearly rent hikes.
The board wants to see stabilized rents increase by up to nine percent.
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