With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s today and Thursday, the city has opened air-conditioned cooling centers to help New Yorkers beat the heat. Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies. Cooling centers will be open Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the Office of Emergency Management, cooling centers in the Stuyvesant Town area are:
Sirovich Senior Center, 331 East 12th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Tompkins Square Library, 331 East 10th Street (between Avenues A and B)
Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street (between Second and Third avenues)
John Paul II Friendship Center, 103 East 7th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A)
Ottendorfer Library, 135 Second Avenue (between 8th and 9th Streets)
Residents of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village also have the option of the Community Center, 449 East 14th Street (in the First Avenue Loop at 16th Street). At Waterside Plaza, when it’s really hot, hours are extended at either the Community Center in building 40 or the Community Room in building 30 for use of residents.
The OEM has also offered the following tips to stay cool during this week’s extreme heat:
· Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
· Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car.
· Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
· Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.
· Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place.