UPPER EAST SIDE — Air quality is worse on the Upper East Side than in areas known for high levels of air pollution in the outer boroughs — prompting community leaders to seek solutions as traffic is expected to increase in the neighborhood.

Since 2011, the city has taken steps to reduce air pollution, leading to significant improvements in many neighborhoods. However, air quality on the Upper East Side has remained poor, according to data from the city’s Health Department.

Looking at the average concentration levels for 2009 to 2010, the most recent data available, seven of the eight pollutants the city studied were found in higher concentrations on the Upper East Side than in the South Bronx, East Harlem and parts of southern Brooklyn.

Read the full article including Community Board 8 chairman Nick Viest’s concern about bringing a lot more trucks into the area and how the diesel will impact air quality