Because it sits just off the Long Island Expressway, a spacious city playground sat empty one recent weekday morning.
Pollution and the constant drone of speeding cars from the thoroughfare keeps children and their parents away, locals said...
Play's grounded at city park
According to the findings, 380,000 people, or about 17% of Queens residents live within 500 feet - two city blocks - of a busy road. Tailpipe pollution poses serious health risks to residents living within that zone, including heart and lung diseases and asthma attacks.
Health-risk zones tied to traffic: study
Two health studies Environmental Defense examined found a 50% rise in the risk of asthma for children living within 250 feet of a busy road.
The risk of heart disease jumped 85%...
"The impact is significantly higher the closer you are to the road," said Andy Darrell of Environmental Defense. "There is a 500-foot risk zone around busy, congested roadways. That is a conservative estimate."
The Environmental Defense report is available here: Heavy New York Traffic Puts Health at Risk.
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