July 22 - It's a SCORCHER!


It's summer in New York! Here are how some ideas of what to do in NYC, and how to brave the hot temps with the kiddos.


A few neighborly requests:

  • Water your tree pits (ideally in the early morning or later at night)
  • Check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those you suspect don’t have adequate cooling.
  • Keep an eye on pets to make sure they are keeping cool. Lots of extra water, especially dogs out for walks! If you see a pet that’s been left outside, contact the owner or call 3-1-1.


summerNYCimage via here


Places to go:

  • Go to a Splash Pad or Playground with water features (the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park, Harmony Playground, Imagination Playground, Brooklyn Bridge Park)
  • Find a place to cool off: www.nyc.gov/beattheheat
  • Go to a local NYC Parks Pool (Red Hook, Sunset Park, Douglas and Degraw)
  • Museums! All of them have to keep the art air conditioned which is good news for people! (Brooklyn Children’s Museum is free from 2pm – 6pm today/Thursday)
  • Coffee shops and restaurants
  • The Beach!
  • Get TONS more ideas in the PSP guide to Hot in the City! Cheap (or free!) Activities.


Here’s what to do to keep yourself cooler:

  • DRINK YOUR WATER! Lots of water! (drink BEFORE you get thirsty)
  •  get some spray/squirt bottles (most of the dollar and discount stores have these). Also good for a water fight instead of water balloons
  • take a cool shower
  • eat hydrating foods (e.g., watermelon, ripe fruits) and skip heavier foods
  • water balloon fight.
  • don’t work with a computer on your lap
  • take off your shoes; it helps you feel cooler
  • eat spicey stuff—makes you feel cooler (yup)
  • tube sock, rice, freezer—put it behind your neck or between the sheets. (D2 has cheap tube socks)
  • Ice Cream! Other ideas for the kids on how to beat a hot weather food strike.


Things to help keep you house cooler:

  1. a bowl of ice and a fan (yep like they did in the old days)
  2. close the damper of your fireplace
  3. shut any doors to closets and rooms you don’t need
  4. at night put in a window fan backwards to blow the heat out!
  5. replace the filters in your air conditioner units so it’s more efficient.
  6. seal any cracks around your air conditioner units
  7. run fans and air conditioners
  8. turn off computers (or extra tvs) which put off a lot of heat
  9. wash dishes by hand as the drying cycle heats things up
  10. don’t use the dryer on really hot days; adds to your inside heat index (there are still houses with clothes lines—I’d love to see a 2017 photo of people using those in the hood!)
  11. grill out rather than use your stove and oven
  12. turn off the lights (and use cfbs)


Suspect heat-related illness?

Symptoms include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, sweats, headaches, shortness of breath and more. Seek medical attention if you’re worried for yourself, family, or neighbors. 


News from NYC Notify:

Notification issued 7/20/17 at 7:00 AM. The National Weather Service has extended the heat advisory for New York City until 8:00 PM tonight, 7/20. These conditions are dangerous to health. Avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers will be open.

In addition, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for New York City from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM today, 7/20. Active children, adults, and people with lung disease such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. For more information, visit dec.nyc.gov. For locations, hours, and more information on avoiding heat illness, contact 3-1-1.


Other useful ideas of where to go on the PSP website:

Enjoy the AC in a museum! Here are PSP kid approved art, museum & music events

Play tourist in your own city! These are PSP members' suggestions of tourist activities for tweens & teenagers