New York City Department of Health

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    August 29, 2014
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    October 8, 2013

    The New York City Health Department Bans Competitive Breath-Holding in Public Pools

    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene passed a resolution banning competitive breath-holding at all "bathing establishments" run by the city. Though outdoors pools in the city have been closed since Labor Day, there are still 12 pools in recreation centers that will now be requir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Is New York on the Verge of Ending its Condom Bait-and-Switch?

    Over 100 advocates, including public health groups, LGBTQ organizations, civil and human rights nonprofits, and former sex workers, headed to Albany yesterday to encourage lawmakers to call on the New York State Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would stop the confiscation and use of cond ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2013

    New York's Condom Bait-and-Switch

    Department of Health hands them out, NYPD arrests people for carrying them. Is this about improving public health—or arrest numbers?

  • News

    March 6, 2013

    New York's Condom Bait-and-Switch

    Department of Health hands them out, NYPD arrests people for carrying them. Is this about improving public health—or arrest numbers?

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    These New Teen Pregnancy Ads On The Subway Are Something Else

    Only Nick Kroll's pet surgery faux ad for Comedy Central's "The Kroll Show" has this beat. Today, ads in the same vein as the one seen on the right will pop up on subways everywhere. Their main theme: 50 percent of teenagers do not really understand the seriousness of pregnancy at such an early age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Protection For Some: NYC Teen Pregnancy Down By 27% Over Last Decade

    Two things: less sex, more protection. According to the Daily News, that's the word coming from the New York City Health Department to explain a serious downward trend. In new data released yesterday, the City's youth has undergone a 27 percent drop in pregnancies over the last ten years. The res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    There's No "App" To Cure Meningitis, New York City Gay Guys

    The New York City Health Department yesterday renewed a recommendation to gay men who've had sex with a man they met via-a digital "app": get a meningitis vaccine.In the last 12 months, there have been a total of 11 cases of meningitis within the City's gay community, two of which were diagnosed wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Lawsuit Filed Against The Soda Ban

    The soda ban has generated a lot of controversy and in an unsurprising move, a lawsuit led by the American Beverage Association and the National Restaurant Association was filed against the city on Friday. Backed by a group of businesses and trade associations, the suit challenges the New York Cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    If You're A Man Who's Had Sex With A Man You Met On The Internet, You May Want A Meningitis Vaccine

    If you're a man who's had "intimate contact with another man" whom you met on the Internet, the New York City Health Department recommends that you get a meningitis vaccination following a recent spike in the rare/potentially fatal disease.In addition to Internet rendezvous, the Health Department sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Meningitis Alert Issued For New York City Gay Guys and "Men Who Have Sex With Men"

    The New York City Health Department just issued a health alert for "gay men and men who have sex with men."We're not experts, but "men who have sex with men" probably would have covered all bases.Regardless, if you're a man having any type of sex with a man -- gay, bisexual, whatever -- you run the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Why Some NYC Restaurants Don't Have Letter Grades

    Why are some NYC restaurants like Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare and the restaurants in Eataly exempt from posting letter grades on their windows? Because they're registered as grocery stores or wholesalers. According to the New York Times, Chef's Table doesn't have to display a letter grade on thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2012

    Raccoons Invade Central Park!

    As opposed to pigeons, mice and bees, raccoons are not that commonplace in New York. Then again, this city is full of surprises...According to the Post, the furry critters have been popping all over Central Park, specifically in the Rudin Playground - that small family-oriented area near Centra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Should Michael Bloomberg Treat Obesity Like Smoking?

    An article in London's Evening Standard, "Smoking is so last century: the new stigma is obesity," got us thinking: would Mayor Mike Bloomberg do a better job fighting fat-making foods, such as super-sized sodas, by treating them like cigarettes -- taxing them rather than banning them, that is? To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg Wants To Make 40 Ounces Of Pepsi More Illegal Than 40 Ounces Of Malt Liquor

    Sugar bully/New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg cares about you soooo much that he's proposed something that's never been done anywhere else in the entire country in his latest effort to protect you from yourself: banning "sugar drinks" like soda to be sold in cups larger than 16 ounces.In a twist, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg Defends Restaurant Letter-Grading System

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims that New York City's restaurant grading policy has led to a decline in the number of cases of salmonella poisoning citywide. According to the Associated Press, Bloomberg defended the grading at a press conference held at the Bronx's Zero Otto Nove restaurant on Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Street Kids: Groups Want to Make NYC Roads Child Safe

    Remember, back in the day, when you used to go outside and scamper around the streets of New York with all the other rosy-cheeked neighborhood kids, playing stickball and tag and hopscotch as the summer sun sank gently into the horizon? No? Well, not to worry, Runnin' Scared doesn't either -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Ask the Critics: Do Restaurants Have to Offer Restrooms?

    ​Sharon S. asks: I was in a small restaurant the other day and when I asked where the restroom was, I was told there wasn't one. I thought any place that served food had to offer toilets. Am I mistaken? What's the rule? Dear Sharon: I had actually been under the same impression, but the law is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Restaurants Avoid DOH Grades By Claiming They're Supermarkets

    The New York City Health Department's system for grading restaurants can be a pain for chefs and restaurateurs. "If the Health Department comes during service and you are tempering meat or fish to cook, they are going to give you a 10-point fine right there, and at a couple hundred bucks a point it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    817 Jaydens Were Born in New York City Last Year

    It's that time of year again! Let's look at what we all named our babies in New York City in the last year, and figure out which name is the "most popular," which really means your kid is just going to get called by a first and last name, or some other nickname, all his or her life, so as to differe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Turkey's Nest Tavern, Beloved Bedford Ave Bar, Closed for Health Violations, Plans To Reopen Wednesday

    Creative Commons via BitchcakesBurrrrrp!Have no fear, Williamsburg lushes. Even though the Turkey's Nest, the Bedford Avenue drinking hovel made famous by its take-out margaritas and bathtub-sized beers, has been shuttered since last Wednesday, the old-school bastion of neighborhood degenerates is, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Bobo Already Reopened After DOH Closure's gorgeous garden.​Earlier today, we linked to a post on the unromantically named Food Poison Journal about West Village restaurant Bobo being closed due to health department violations this past weekend. The restaurant reopened its doors Tuesday night.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Mars Bar Closed for Good?

    ​After much speculation about its closure, the famed Mars Bar ceased operation today. Sitting outside of the dive, owner Hank Penza told us he shut the place down on Monday afternoon. "I closed up," he said. "I don't want to be bothered." Penza said this is it for the bar's location on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Staten Island Mosquitoes Have Summer's First Cases of West Nile

    ​Today the NYC Health Department has announced that the West Nile Virus has been discovered in mosquitoes on Staten Island. These are the first documented cases of West Nile in the city this summer. No human cases of the virus have been found yet. The Health Department is trying to control the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Life Just Got Less Fun at the New York City Health Department

    "Life in a cubicle village."​The New York City Health Department has unleashed a whole new slew of rules for its employees, who apparently need quite a lot of instruction on how not to have any fun, not even one bit, in the office. Among the guidelines in "Life in the Cubicle Village," which w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    New York City Launches New Bed Bug Website, Rules

    ​The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have rolled out a new website to educate locals about bed bugs as the warm months approach and everyone starts to get itchy again. The slick site offers an illustrated Q&A with a streaming voiceover to address issues like "How can I te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    NYC Health Department Launches App for Free Condoms; Also, Reminds You How to Use a Condom

    ​As we mentioned earlier, today is not just the special day of snuggles and commitment that everybody's all moony about, it's also the day of safe sexual encounters. And it's our own Mayor Bloomberg's birthday, to boot. In honor of this fortuitous triumvirate of occasions, the New York City He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Ask the Critics: What Should I Do if I Get Food Poisoning?

    stockmusicsite.comNot a fun way to spend the evening.​Rebecca F. asks: My boyfriend and I think we got food poisoning from a restaurant we ate at a few days ago since we both got sick within half an hour of each other. Are we supposed to tell the restaurant? What do we do? Dear Rebecca: Get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Russia's Latest Anti-Drinking Ad: "In Soviet Russia, Squirrel Drink YOU"

    THIS is a convincing anti-drinking image. Via BBC.​Why can't New York's anti-drinking ads -- by all accounts lame, by some accounts practically "outtakes from Fight Club" -- get more like Russia's? This drunken squirrel with the bellowing voice and raw, crazy eyes is everything we need to rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    NYC Health Department Worse Than a Nagging Mother About Your Little Drinking "Problem"

    ​The New York City Health Department simply insists on being a downer this holiday season. Hence, their new ad campaign, "Stop drinking while you're still thinking," which you'll start averting your eyes from on subways soon, if not already -- they go up this week. (Ads at right; enlarged afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    New Yorkers Are Not Letting Cigarettes Kill Them Quite So Much These Days

    ​Congrats, everyone! In terms of things that kill us, smoking is no longer such a biggie, says the New York City Health Department. Smoking-related deaths are down 17% from the past decade, with a mere 7,200 expiring on account of the nic in 2009. (Back in 2002, that number was at 8,722.)

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    New York City Baby Names Hail from Twilight, Brittany Spears

    ​ The New York City Health Department has announced the city's favorite baby names for 2009, and despite Twilight falling off the top 50 of USA Today's Best-Selling Books list, Stephenie Meyer's characters (at least one of them) will live on in posterity for the next 80-some years. Isabella, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Pigeons: They're Not That Bad

    ​Today in City Room's Complaint Box, where curmudgeons go to curmudgeon-ify, there's a charming little entry about New York's most common bird. Author Louise Dreier's Upper West Side neighbors have a pigeon nest, horror of horrors, and she's not going to stand for it anymore.

  • Film

    July 6, 2010

    Anthology Celebrates the Four Boroughs

    Forget Manhattan. "The Outer Boroughs on Film" celebrates the Bronx, Brooklyn, SI, and Queens

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    April Fool's Prank Still on Subway Wall

    ​ Reader Rick Shur notes that an April 1st prank poster about extreme subway security measures, put up on the 110th Street downtown #1 subway wall, is still there! And the satirical poster involves all kinds of intrusive, invasive body searches that Homeland Security is allowed to do on passe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    NYC Health Department Didn't Get the Rat Memo

    ​The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (oh, really?) will "virtually eliminate" the Manhattan office of city pest control aides, reports AM New York.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Marion Nestle on Calorie Counts, 16 Months In

    When the New York City Department of Health regulated that chain restaurants must post calories, they promised huge health gains--calorie labels would prevent 30,000 cases of diabetes, they said, and reduce the number of obese New Yorkers by 150,000. Of course, it's too early to know whether or not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    News Roundup: Peter King vs. Michael Jackson, Courtney Love, Panic at the Disco, Rihanna

    --One King to another: New York congressman Peter King released a YouTube video in which he calls Michael Jackson a "pervert" and a "low life." Released on the Fourth of July, King begins by praising "cops, firefighters and teachers," but quickly moves to his less-than-remorseful point: "Let's kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Questioning Bloomie's Salt Cutback

    There's an interesting Op-Ed in the Times today questioning the wisdom of Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Department of Health's campaign against salt--and the piece doesn't question the lower-salt initiative in the name of culinary freedom but health.Michael Alderman, a professor of medicine and epidem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Drive Time Drop Box: Fresher Kills, The Yankee Pisser, and More

    Having trouble understanding how Staten Island's Fresh Kills, once a festering dump, is going to turn into a beautiful park by 2016? Popular Science magazine's lively PopSci website offers a six-panel cartoon rundown. WARNING: Contains environmentalist propaganda.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    Children Exposed to 9/11 Air More Likely to Develop Asthma

    It was bad enough when the only known casualties of the EPA's lies about the safety of the air downtown after 9/11 were first responders, now add children to that list. Children who breathed the air downtown after 9/11 have increased instances of asthma as compared to other youngsters in the Northe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Restaurants Complying with Trans Fat Ban

    Donuts will not fall under the city's trans-fat ban until next July, when the second phase of the initiative kicks in. Photo by Wallyg via Flickr "Nearly all of the violations noted thus far have been for margarine use." — New York City Department of Health press release Sept. 17, 2007 Every now ... More >>

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    December 3, 2002

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    Battling a Rise in Domestic Violence

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    November 12, 2002
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    September 19, 2000

    Saving Babies

    Fighting to Reduce Infant Mortality Among Immigrants and African Americans

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