(UPDATED SEPT. 12) As AdaptNY’s Harlem Heat Project evolves, we’re not just gathering indoor heat data from residents there. We’re also inviting our community collaborators to share their heat-related stories. With the help of our project partner ISeeChange, the citizens of Harlem can offer their insights and observations as the summer season brings heat, and occasional […]
After sitting in her un-airconditioned fifth-floor apartment as the temperature surpassed 90 degrees Fahrenheit for several days in a row, 69-year-old Helen called 911. “I couldn’t deal the heat,” she says with some difficulty. “It was too hot for me, and then I had feel weak.” An ambulance brought her from her building in East Harlem […]
While New York’s temperate climate may not conjure up the image of a sweltering desert, the city has seen numerous stretches of scorching temperatures almost every year since 2001 - often three or four heat waves annually and sometimes as many as half a dozen.
New York’s July 21-25 heatwave hit all of city, but only in Upper Manhattan did hundreds of residents lose power for an entire day. As temperatures spiked to 95 degrees on July 24, more than 1,000 East Harlem residents were unable to turn on their air conditioners or fans. The outage may not have been […]