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 […]
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 […]
New York City tackles extreme heat today through long- and short-term strategies. But some of its initiatives are poorly executed or stuck in the planning stages. An estimated 140 people still die every year due to heat.
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 […]
Tammy has lived on the 18th floor of the same public housing building her whole life. She didn’t have air conditioning — until she could afford to buy her own unit when she was well into her 30s. “A brand new, big, AC,” she said with a laugh. “But it took a long time to get to that […]