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 […]
Harlem Heat Project partners stopped by at WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show on July 8, to discuss the initiative and to stress that extreme heat is not just an inconvenience, but serious public health issue that will be worsened by climate change.
The Harlem Heat Project placed its first batch of its heat index sensors in the field on Saturday, when journalists, scientists and Harlem residents serving as citizen scientists gathered at the headquarters of the project’s community partner WE ACT to share insights about the problems of urban heat, and to receive training on how to use the DIY sensors.
An FAQ on extreme heat, which kills more Americans each year than all the other natural disasters combined. Heatwaves are especially problematic in areas with a lot of concrete and little vegetation to cool things off: Read big cities. And within those cities, it’s the poorer neighborhoods, high in industry and low in air conditioners, that are hit the hardest.
New York City's Environment & Health Data Portal provides detailed statistics on how extreme heat impacts communities throughout the city, including Northern Manhattan's Morningside Heights, Central Harlem and East Harlem.