(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 […]
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 […]
UPDATED: This week’s heat wave in New York, which brought the city five consecutive days of 90 degree+ temperatures from July 21-25, may have felt like it would never end. In fact, it didn’t even make the city’s top 30 longest heat waves. It fell a full week short of the record 12-day heat wave […]
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.