New York City is full of peculiar phenomena—rickety fire escapes; 100-year-old subway tunnels; air conditioners propped perilously into window frames—that can strike fear into the heart of even the toughest city denizen. But should they? Every month, we'll be exploring—and debunking—these New York-specific fears, letting you know what you should actually worry about, and what anxieties you can simply let slip away.
What, exactly, is lurking in puddles—and can it actually hurt you? A podiatrist weighs in.
Maybe—if you live on your building’s ground floor, anyway
Air-conditioning units balanced precariously on a windowsill are a common NYC sight—so how likely is it that one will fall and hit you in the head?
You might be one of many New York commuters who idly worry about MTA trains derailing—but do you need to be?
Combined sewer overflow is a real problem, dumping pollution into waterways—but how does it affect you?
Waiting for a train at the Union Square subway station is an anxiety-producing event, but does it have to be this way?
You likely won’t get injured passing over one—but if you don’t have to walk on them, don’t
Approximately a dozen tunnels escort MTA passengers from one borough to the next underwater every day—but how safe are they?