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01.02.15 Prachi Gupta

For 15 years, ever since Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani shared his disgust for ferrets and implied their owners were mentally ill in a now-infamous radio exchange, ferret owners in New York City have been battling a stigma enforced by policy. Ferrets, lumped by Guiliani’s administration in the same category as lions or tigers, were said […]

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09.11.14 Amy K. Nelson

A few weeks ago the city’s health department warned residents of Bensonhurt that their neighborhood was on the precipice of a rabies outbreak. Now the spread of the fatal disease is serious enough that wildlife biologists are headed to Brooklyn and Queens to try and stop its spread. Back on August 21, DNAInfo reported that […]

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04.10.14 Andy Cush

A new Health Department report confirms what anyone who’s ever set foot in New York City already knows: this place is loud, and that’s annoying sometimes. According to the report, in fact, one in four New Yorkers complain about noise exposure — a number that, if anything, seems low. New Yorkers cite the usual suspects […]

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06.20.13 Nate Cepis

According to New York City Administrative Code § 17-172, basically every place that serves food has to hang “a sign graphically depicting the Heimlich Maneuver or a comparable technique instructing on how to dislodge food from a choking person” in an area where it can be easily viewed by the public, or face a fine. […]

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11.21.12 Andy Cush

Bobby Eustace, an 11-year veteran of the FDNY, has been handing out hot, home-cooked meals to relief workers and residents of the storm-torn Breezy Point, Queens, for weeks. But last Sunday, he was met by an unexpected foe: a Department of Health inspector who issued a notice of violation and fine warning to his all-volunteer […]

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10.12.12 Andy Cush

On the surface, the Barclays Center is insanely classy for a sports arena. From the moment spectators walk in, they’re treated to glossy, eye-catching flatscreens, understated decor, and the option of hitting one of the venue’s several high-end restaurants and lounges. The Calvin Klein Courtside Club, touted as “a new standard of luxury” on the […]

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05.17.12 Allison Burtch

Citing overflowing trash, available food and profligate dirty diapers, the Department of Health is attempting to starve the rats from existence. […]

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09.01.09 Will Sherman

Not surprisingly, soft drink makers are annoyed at the oily new ads trumping their product’s excellence at packing on pounds. After claiming their sugar and high fructose corn-syrup-based drinks have been singled out, the American Beverage Association asks why nobody is “going after cake,” apparently unaware of the city’s war on trans-fat laden treats. |NYP| […]

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08.31.09 Will Sherman

In 2003, Mayor Bloomberg took a sweet sip and christened Snapple the “official beverage of New York City,” as part of an unsuccessful marketing agreement giving the beverage giant exclusive rights to peddle high fructose corn syrup-laden drinks to the city’s schoolchildren. Now with that contract completed, the city is free to change course and […]

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08.28.09 Will Sherman

New York City rats aren’t riddled with disease as badly as some places. The Department of Health offers this bit of consolation, saying local rodents don’t offer humans as much in the way of “viruses, bacteria and other dangerous organisms.” |Brooklyn Eagle| […]

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