Ride The New York Heat Wave In Comfort

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We’re talking 80’s and 90’s and I don’t mean shoulder padded parachute material jumpsuits. A  New York City heat wave leaves tar on your shoes. The subways smell like a locker room and also feel like a sauna. Furthermore, in the crest of a heat wave, New York can have a brown out, when the city intentionally drops the voltage making you air conditioner wheeze and whimper.

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For that reason, here’s a cool map of New York places you can go chill.  There are fountains  , water playgrounds, ‘spray showers’ that are available in 80 degrees and above temperatures, air conditioned public spaces, gardens, roof top pools, indoor and outdoor pools, and parks.

Finally, Bookmark This Page, and wherever you go in Manhattan if you’re on fire, you can rescue yourself.  Most locations are free, but roof top pools with bars and cabanas?  We’re not communists.  Those are going to cost.

Yes, New York is the Center of the Universe, but over half the Earth’s population also live in cities  

Bookmark This Page, and wherever you go in Manhattan if you’re on fire, you can rescue yourself. Most locations are free, but roof top pools with bars and cabanas?  We’re not communists.  Those are going to cost.

Yes, New York is the Center of the Universe, but over half the Earth’s population also live in cities 

Here’s some quick science

Why are we sweatier?  The science of Sweaty City is called the ‘urban heat island’ effect, or UHI.   Urban spaces can be two to six degrees hotter inside the city limits than outside them.

The closer objects are together the higher the temperature. This is why cowboys slept together out on the cold prairie, alone, under the stars; to keep warm… probably.

Cities have a lot of people, buildings, and machinery, so more atoms per square inch. As a result, Machinery like air conditioners raise the temperature: now that’s irony!

Apartment buildings can be heat sponges.  The darker the exterior the more it acts like a heat sponge, sucking up sunrays during the day.  That saved heat releases at night, right into your sweaty little pillow-head.  This lowers your winter utility bills, but hurts your summer ones.

Finally, cities like Manhattan with a million or more people, can be up to 5 ½ degrees hotter on average, shooting up to as much as 22 degrees more than the countryside in the evening.

“But it’s Dry Heat, so it’s not so bad”

Uncle Louie who retired to Las Vegas where the temperature regularly hits 105 has told you this.  Turns out that old gambling scoundrel is right.  Out in Vegas the air movement between the atmosphere and the land is better.

On our island of Manhattan we’re surrounded by water; hello! As a result, our air movement drags more moisture into the mix. A recent study showed the Urban Heat Index shows all this humidity creates ‘heat wave stress on human health’; like we didn’t know.

Solution?  Ruin it for the Heat Monsters by using ‘Aerodynamic Spoilers’ – in other words, get that air moving!

‘Aerodynamics’ means how air moves around things. Turns out the country has this down better than the city. Cities are flatter and smoother.  The air doesn’t have to move around that much; it’s lazy. Why move if you don’t have to?

To reduce heat in the city, scientists suggest ‘aerodynamic spoilers’ to create low and tall buildings in the city landscape. Weirdly, because of the new construction in Hudson Yards, the staggered shaper of the shore line there will help cool things off.

Reflecting light also helps

I’m not talking California guru here. Due to a lighter colored roof, sunrays and its heat will bounce off and not get sucked into our miserable cheap fanned lives below.

Stay Cool Secrets from India to Indiana

Stay Cool Secrets from India to Indiana
One of my best friends is from Ambdevad.  In the high summer days her house was cool, without air conditioning. Here are some of her secrets and also other hints from my Midwestern relatives.

  • Keep shades were down during the day
  • Keep floors bare in the summer, and limit the chackes
  • Cook on the stove is done once a day
  • Allow breezes in from the shadiest side of her rooms
  • In Indiana on the flat plains of Indiana where the ground acts like a frying pan, a hankie dipped in cold water and hung around the neck can keep your internal temperature cooler.
  • My Illinois grandmother used to put a bowl of ice water in front of the fan (the ONLY fan) on the farm.