Air quality forecast

Data taken from the Department of Environmental Conservation website

Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) connects NY'ers to services

The Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) has launched a new initiative to connect New Yorkers with income support, health insurance, financial coaching, and civil legal services. Learn more at

Cooling centers NYC

To help New Yorkers beat the heat, New York City has opened cooling centers throughout the five boroughs. 

Cooling center locations may have changed from previous years. To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the City's Cooling Center Finder at

A few tips on beating the heat:

Use an air conditioner during hot weather and heat emergencies, even if it is only for a few hours.

Check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with disabilities and access and functional needs.

Keep in touch by phone at least twice a day during heat waves.

Get free emergency alerts and updates by signing up for Notify NYC, New York City’s official emergency communications program. Alerts are available in multiple languages and formats. Sign up in the following ways at, call 311, get the free Notify NYC mobile application, follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter. 


Find Anti-Overdose Naloxone

Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdoses from opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. New Yorkers can get this life-saving medication without prescription from community organizations and pharmacies.

View more information and distribution locations from the Department of Health Naloxone page:

Quick reference to participating pharmacies in the neighborhood:

CVS 222 E 34th Street

CVS 292 Madison Avenue

CVS 150 E 42nd Street

Duane Reade 465 2nd Ave

Duane Reade 585 2nd Avenue

Duane Reade 485 Lexington Ave

Duane Reade 155 E 34th Street

Duane Reade 300 E 39th Street

Government Healthcare Site

Site to research and sign up for healthcare coverage for New York State residents.

LGBTQ Health Centers

NYC Health + Hospitals Pride Health Center located at Bellevue in Kips Bay, 462 First Avenue. Open Mondays and Fridays 9am to noon, with availability on Tuesday and Thursday for urgent appointments. Beyond the center's specific hours, LGBTQ-affirming care is still available full-time. To make an appointment, call 844-NYC-4NYC.

Medicare Website

Medicare website

New York State Flu Tracker

With a flu vaccine finder, daily/weekly flu statistics and other useful information.

Find pharmacies and clinics offering flu shots through the NYC Health Map. You can sort for free shots and for locations covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

New York State web app that helps you find services, from one place

The "Find Services" web application was developed by New York State in partnership with, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application.This application provides an easy-to-use starting point for first-time program users. You begin by answering a few questions about yourself.


NY Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP)

NYC Department for the Aging’s Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP)

Approximately 500 trained HIICAP counselors located in local offices for the aging across the state are available to answer New Yorkers’ questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage programs (managed care), Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medigap, and other health and long term care insurance.

Counseling is also available through a toll-free HIICAP helpline at 1-800-701-0501. Callers will be prompted to state the county in which they need help, and will then be routed to their local HIICAP program to speak with a trained counselor. In most cases, this local program will be the area agency on aging (AAA). There are some AAAs that subcontract the HIICAP program to community agencies so the calls will be sent directly to them. 

HIICAP works directly with Medicare beneficiaries to educate them about the Medicare Program, Medigap policies, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage Plans, Long-term Care Insurance, Low-Income Subsidy Programs, employer-sponsored insurance, and other health insurance programs that are available in New York State.

A Complete Guide to Health Insurance Coverage for Older New Yorkers 2020:


New York City Department for the Aging
Serving: Bronx,Kings,New York,Queens,Richmond
2 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10007
OUTSIDE OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS: telephone 212-639-9675
TTY:  (212) 504-4115


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