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The New York City (NYC) is the most populous and densely populated city in the U.S. The city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan. These five boroughs were consolidated into a single city in year 1898. Each of these boroughs is an individual county of the state of New York.

With approximately 800 languages are spoken, New York is also the most linguistically diverse city in the world. The city is also known for its bridges, parks and skyscrapers. New York is home to the two largest stock exchanges of the world (the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ). New York is the foremost financial center and economically powerful city of the world.

Despite all these power and glamour, many of the industries and buildings in the New York City have a history of extensive asbestos exposure.

If you or a loved one is suffering from asbestos-linked diseases such as mesothelioma, you are likely to be qualified for significant compensation. We are ready to help you locate a leading New York City Mesothelioma Lawyer to discuss your legal options and proceed further.

New York City and Asbestos Exposure

New York has long been a vital hub for industrial and transportation activity. The New York harbor is one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Since 1900, the linkage of the harbor to railroads and canals makes the city an important gateway for international trade. The facilities of the port include dockyards, wharves, repair shops, passenger terminals and shipyards. Most of them were constructed in the early 19th century and asbestos was a highly used building material.

HW Jones Co, the predecessor to the Denver (CO)-based insulation manufacturer Johns Manville, was initially a New York manufacturer of roof tiles. HW Jones Co mined large quantities of asbestos and prospered remarkably when the use of the mineral was adopted by other businesses.

9/11 WTC Attack and Asbestos Exposure

On 11th September, 2001, large amounts of hazardous asbestos fibers (together with several other toxins) were released into the air after the collapse of the World Trade Center. The WTC was constructed in the 1960s when asbestos was an extensively used insulation material. Though the upper floors were free of asbestos, forty lower floors of the towers had plenty of asbestos. Many cases of diseases linked to asbestos exposure have been reported already in the area.

New York Industries Known to Have Asbestos Problems

New York is primarily known for its vital roles in mass media and finance. However, its economy is also driven by a flourishing industrial sector. There are more than 10,000 industrial businesses in the 5-borough area with nearly 233000 associated jobs. The products manufactured by these industries include chemicals, garments, furniture, processed foods, and metals. Asbestos was extensively used by the most industries in the United States until the 1980s. So New York industries also relied on asbestos heavily. As a result, the city became one of the major focal points of mesothelioma and asbestos problems that surfaced in the second half of the twentieth century.

Due to large-scale asbestos use during the city’s modernization and the substantial naval buildup because of the Second World War, many residents and workers were repeatedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers during their job. The workers who are at an increased risk of contracting asbestos diseases include: shipfitters; power plant workers; Pipelayers; shipyard workers; electricians; metal factory workers; steel mill workers; railroad workers; and officers and sailors in military and civilian vessels.

Burnham Holdings

Burnham Holdings was a boilermaker firm established in 1905. It later started manufacturing HVAC products and became the parent firm of 13 subsidiaries. In the past few years, many workers have filed asbestos lawsuits against Burnham over claims that they developed injuries including cancer due to their daily exposure at the facilities owned by the company.

The products manufactured by Burnham include: boilers; fire-retardant bricks; insulation; pipe insulation; and gaskets.

Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY)

Brooklyn Navy Yard is one of the jobsites where workers were exposed to asbestos. It repaired ships throughout the Second World War. BNY closed down after a fire swept through the yard in the 1960s. Before closing, numerous people had been exposed to large amounts of asbestos while working at the yard. Many former workers have already developed diseases including mesothelioma.

Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Coliseum, which is situated in Long Island, also was built in a time when asbestos was a widely used construction material. The coliseum has asbestos in its pipes, tiles, flooring and many other parts. It has never been renovated or undergone asbestos abatement. Nearly 75 Nassau employees filed a suit in 2012 over allegations that asbestos present inside the coliseum makes it a harmful workplace. Subsequently, the NY Department of Labor made an investigation into the allegations. The investigators reported that Nassau was safe. However, tests confirmed that hazardous asbestos was present in the seating, all through the hallways, and on the catwalk.

Since 1972, more than 1000 individuals have been employed at the coliseum. Unfortunately, these employees are at an increased risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease.

Other NYC Buildings and Businesses with Asbestos Problem

Schools and Hospitals

Andrew Jackson HS

Bellevue Hospital Center (now known as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue)

Beth Israel Hospital

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

Cathedral HS

Coney Island Hospital

Columbia College of Columbia University

Cornell Medical College

Elmhurst Hospital Center

Flower Hospital

Fordham University

Harlem Hospital Center

Manhattan Day School (MDS)

NY Presbyterian Hospital

NY University

Saint Barnabas Hospital

Saint Luke’s Hospital

Saint Mark’s Hospital

Saint Vincent’s Hospital

Teachers College

Construction Firms

Ambassador Construction

Chemical Construction Corp

Hedden Construction Co

Lord Construction Co

O’Rourke Engineering & Construction Co

Oxnard Construction Co

Sigmund Sommer Construction

Electric/Gas Companies

General Electric

Inland Electric

  1. River Electric Light & Power Co

Queens Borough Gas & Electric Co

Trinidad Electric Co

United Electric Light & Power Co

Western Electric Co

Westinghouse Electric International Co







Herald Square



The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel

Martha Washington Hotel

St. Regis Hotel


The Ritz-Carlton New York

Waldorf Astoria


Central Park


The Astor

The Dakota cooperative apartment

The Montana

Windermere House

Additional Buildings and Companies

American Stock Exchange

American Agricultural Chemical Co

American Axe & Tool Co

Anderson Bath Bldg

Armstrong Contracting and Supply Corp

Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co

Baker Smith & Co

Bankers Trust Co Bldg

Barrett Manufacturing Co

Beardslee Nickel & Manufacturing Co

Beckett & Mcdowell Manufacturing Co

Bordens Condensed Milk Co

Carbondale Machine Co

Caronet Phosphate Co

  1. L. & W. Railroad Co

FM Schaeffer Brewing Co

Fajardo Sugar Co

Fleischmann Manufacturing Co

Medical Assistance in New York City

Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University

Jack & Pearl Resnick Campus

1300 Morris Park Ave

Bronx, New York-10461

New York University Langone Medical Center

550 First Ave

New York, NY-10016

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

1275 York Ave

New York, NY-10065

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

Columbia University

701 W 168th St.

New York, NY-10032

NY Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center

622 W 168th St

New York, NY-10032

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