Editor’s Note: AdaptNY’s Community Editor Sebastian Auyanet recently completed a resilience reporting program that tied together his interests in climate change adaptation with his interests in new ways of conducting journalist. He shares his experience in this report. Continue reading
Check out our video at the #Sandy5 march, where 5,000 New Yorkers gathered to ask the local authorities for quicker and more sustainable solutions to face the upcoming extreme weather challenges of the future.
Five years after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, its dwellers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to demand quicker solutions and more resiliency efforts. AdaptNY made a quick social media curation of the event, the lingering consequences of the storm and what should be done now to make the city resilient.
The Harlem Heat Project features prominently in an essay on community-engaged urban planning for climate resilience published Dec. 7, 2016 on The Nature of Cities web site.
The essay was co-authored by AdaptNY editor and Harlem Heat Project coordinator A. Adam Glenn, with urban ecologist Zoé Hamstead of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture & Planning and Timon McPhearson, chair of the environmental studies program and director of the Urban Ecology Lab at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School in New York City.
Indoor air temperatures in apartments in the Harlem section of Manhattan were up to 7 degrees hotter this summer than outdoor temperatures, creating hidden dangers for residents, according to field data gathered by AdaptNY’s Harlem Heat Project reporting initiative.
In New York City this July and August, the average outdoor temperature in the area was 83 degrees Fahrenheit. But during that same period, average indoor temperatures at the Harlem residences reached over 90 degrees.
That’s per City College researcher scientists Prathap Ramamurthy and Brian Vant-Hull, who shared the findings at a community workshop on Oct. 15.
The data was gathered as part of the summer-long initiative in which community-based citizen scientists placed digital sensors in 30 apartments around northern Manhattan starting in July. Thousands of data points were collected, with temperatures and relative humidity measured in each residence every 15 minutes. Continue reading →
It was a connection between caregivers.
The Harlem Heat Project’s Julia Kumari Drapkin, who had come to New York with her infant son to take part in the initiative’s Oct. 15 community workshop, nodded across the room to Helen Jones, a Harlem resident and host to one of the projects heat index sensors, who sat rocking her own grandson’s baby carriage.
“Helen’s sensor was hot this summer!” exclaimed Drapkin. “Her grandson was so hot he had to take showers to cool down.”
The exchange was one of the more poignant during a four-hour-long gathering at New York’s City College of non-profit professionals, community organizers, public health researchers, weather experts, and urban planners, along with some of the Harlem residents whose homes were outfitted with the sensors this summer. Continue reading →
To conclude its three months of research, outreach and storytelling this past summer, the four organizations that pioneered the Harlem Heat Project held a community workshop Oct. 15. Participants in the project, as well as invited experts from the fields of public health, architecture, emergency management and climate change, brainstormed ways to alleviate the risks of extreme heat in cities. Here are their ideas: Continue reading →