NYC hazardous air quality in photos: Before and after the wildfire smoke

A blanket of orange has fallen over New York City as smoke from dangerously high levels of wildfire in Canada descended into the vibrant and transforming metro area of Manhattan, turning the skyline into a gritty and dark scene.

Officials are urging residents to prioritize remaining indoors and wear masks outside, as popular attractions such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square are now covered in a smoky veil.

Despite the mandate, on Wednesday, following an exceptional 218 AQI reading yesterday, when the Air Quality Index soared to 170, numerous individuals in the bustling city of New York continued with their daily routines as if it were any ordinary day.

Hit by the drifting wildfire smoke, Toronto, Canada, is currently ranked among the world’s worst, on par with the city’s air quality.

Pictured, the same skyline before the smoke descended on the city.
The lower Manhattan skyline before the smoke descended on the city.
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New York City is covered in orange smoke due to wildfires coming from Canada.
The same skyline view covered in orange smoke due to Canadian wildfires.
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The popular tourist destination, pictured Monday, is typically sunny and vibrant, filled with hundreds of people.
Times Square, pictured Monday, is typically vibrant and filled with hundreds of people.
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Times Square has fallen dark under the smoke as New Yorkers trek through the smog.
Times Square is now so smoggy from the wildfire smoke that you can hardly see people on the street.
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A clear shot of the Empire State Building on June 5, 2023.
A clear shot of the Empire State Building on June 5, 2023.
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The Empire State Building barely visible due to the smoke.
The Empire State Building barely visible due to the smoke.
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Many have compared the city in Blade Runner 2049 to a post-apocalyptic setting, suggesting that the film’s visuals resemble a scene straight out of a dystopian movie. This comparison has gained traction on social media.

Ryan Field, the sports anchor for ABC in New York, tweeted that the visibility is declining and the entire city carries an aroma that brings to mind a bonfire.

“This is something that has never impacted [the city] on this scale before,” Mayor Adams said at a Wednesday morning press conference.

Another angle of Times Square swarmed with tourists on June 5.
Another angle of Times Square swarmed with tourists on June 5.
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Visitors braving the haze at Times Square on Wednesday.
Visitors braving the haze at Times Square on Wednesday.
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Pictured, the Manhattan skyline on Monday prior to the smoky conditions.
The lower Manhattan skyline on Monday before the smoke descended upon the region.
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The city is hardly visible from the shore line due to the smoke.
The city is hardly visible from the shoreline now.
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The Staten Island Ferry sailing to Manhattan on June 5, 2023.
The Staten Island Ferry sailing to Manhattan on June 5, 2023.
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The same image of the New York Harbor now completely covered in smoke.
The same image of the New York Harbor now completely covered in smoke.
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We could feel it, perceive it with our sense of smell, and visually witness it—the hazy and smoky haze that obscured the skyline, casting a gloomy atmosphere over Yankee Stadium. The smoke, originating from wildfires miles away, had reached dangerously high levels.

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Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the Health Commissioner of the City, added that the risk is particularly high for individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions, as well as older adults.

Earlier on Wednesday, outdoor activities for the day were suspended by public schools in New York City.

Schools Chancellor David Banks stated that schools will stay connected with parents regarding possible closures on Thursday.

The same shot of the city from Monday where Manhattan was clearly visible.
A clear view of Brooklyn on Monday.
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The smoke began intensifying in the early hours of Wednesday, immediately darkening the city.
The same view of Brooklyn amid the wildfire haze.
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The Manhattan skyline seen on June 5.
The Manhattan skyline seen on June 5.
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The city
The city’s air quality was rated a the worst in the world.
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Over the past few weeks, the recent air pollution from Quebec has been significantly more intense compared to the smoke and haze caused by fires in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, as it has drifted downstream into the city since late May.

Fires in Canada have charred a combined area that is larger than Maryland and displaced tens of thousands of people, officials said.

On Tuesday, Quebec, the Canadian capital city of Ottawa’s neighbor, had the worst air quality in the 10+ category, according to the Air Canada Environment Health Quality Index. This indicates a very high risk.

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