"The most radioactive place in New York City is underneath an unassuming auto shop in Ridgewood, Queens.
On Thursday, The Environmental Protection Agency designated the three quarters of an acre in and around Primo's Flat Fix as a federal Superfund site, adding it to the program that cleans up the nation's "uncontrolled" hazardous waste sites.
Primo's Flat Flix, near the corner of Cooper and Irving Avenues, sits on the former location of the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company. In the 1940s and '50s, Wolff-Alport extracted rare earth metals from monazite sand. Monazite sand contains thorium, which is radioactive."