01/26/2012 02:42 pm ET Updated Mar 27, 2012

MTA Tunnel Project Blamed For 'Second Avenue Subway Cough'

UPPER EAST SIDE -- Chris Ebe has had a nagging cough for months.

Initially, he blamed allergies. But then the 34-year-old wondered if it was connected to the dust from the subway construction work going on outside his window at Second Avenue and East 69 Street.

Many Upper East Siders with similar symptoms are dubbing it "the Second Avenue subway cough" or the "Second Avenue subway syndrome."