Heat wave through the weekend

As temperatures increase in New York City throughout the week, NYC Emergency Management and the Health Department advise New Yorkers to prepare for the extreme heat. According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, temperatures and heat indices will increase this week, reaching dangerously high levels by the weekend.

To help New Yorkers beat the heat, New York City will open cooling centers throughout the five boroughs through Sunday, July 21. Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers, senior centers and NYCHA facilities that are open to the public during heat emergencies. To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at NYC.gov/beattheheat beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday.

StuyTown sent out a notice to residents with precautions on how to take precautions during the extremely hot weather:

  • Check on elderly neighbors and friends who do not have air conditioning
  • Drink plenty of fluids and stay out of direct sunlight
  • In the case of a heat-related or other medical emergencies, call 911 immediately

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Cooling Centers open, Con Ed work complete

WHO NEEDS THE BEACH? Stephanie Krauter, Molly Elverson, Shelly Madick and Clark Chalmers cool down in an $8 kiddie pool on the 14th Street Loop on a recent afternoon. Photo by Sabina Mollot

WHO NEEDS THE BEACH? Stephanie Krauter, Molly Elverson, Shelly Madick and Clark Chalmers cool down in an $8 kiddie pool on the 14th Street Loop on a recent afternoon.
Photo by Sabina Mollot

On Monday night, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association released an updated list on available cooling centers as the heat wave set to last throughout the week scorches on. Additionally, the Tenants Association noted, in an email to residents, Con Ed has completed repairs to the electric system in Stuyvesant Town and the emergency appeal to conserve energy has been lifted.

Still, the TA wrote, “Although the buildings around Avenue C were – and might continue to be – the most vulnerable in a power challenge, it is suggested that all residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village continue to exercise caution in the use of electrical devices to avoid an overload and power outage on the grid serving us.”

Currently, the Stuyvesant Town Community Center, 449 East 14th Street, is open for use as a cooling center for residents until 10 p.m. during official heat emergencies, and the Community Room at Waterside Plaza is also open for use as a cooling center for residents there.

Office of Emergency Management Designated Cooling Centers include: Epiphany Library, 228 East 23rd Street, Stein Senior Center, 204 East 23rd Street and Sirovich Senior Center, 331 East 12th Street. Cooling centers may change hours of operation. Hours may be extended during a heat emergency. For more information, visit the OEM website.

As Town & Village reported last Thursday, locals pools such as Asser Levy and Dry Dock have been seeing

Joey and Sammy Haskell load up their guns at Stuy Town's Playground 9 on a recent afternoon. Photo by Sabina Mollot

Joey and Sammy Haskell load up their guns at Stuy Town’s Playground 9 on a recent afternoon.
Photo by Sabina Mollot

plenty of use, as have playground sprinklers. Local playgrounds that have a water feature are located at Sauer Park on East 12th Street between Avenues A and B and Madison Square Park at Madison Avenue and 25th Street. ST/PCV playground sprinklers are also available for residents.

The Tenants Association has also asked that during the first three days of this week, which are flagged as dangerously hot (at or near 100 degrees), residents check on older neighbors.

“In view of the excessive heat, when you are doing your own errands, think about looking in on elderly neighbors and asking if there is anything you can pick up for them, especially medications and food necessities,” the TA said.

CompassRock has also issued a notice, asking residents to check on the elderly and neighbors who do not have A.C. and also to remind residents that anyone who may need special assistance should register with the department of public safety by calling (212) 598-5233.

Emergency cooling centers open today and Thursday

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.