During NYC’s heat wave, find a cooling center near you

July 19, 2022

Screenshot was taken on 7/19/22 of NYC Cooling Center Finder

With the heat index possibly hitting 100 degrees several days this week, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for New York City through Sunday. An advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more days in a row or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time. To keep New Yorkers safe from excessive heat, the city opened hundreds of cooling centers across the five boroughs on Tuesday. With this interactive map, you can find all of the air-conditioned public facilities in your neighborhood (and which ones accept your furry friends).

“We cannot stress enough to take all of the necessary precautions,” Mayor Eric Adams said on Tuesday, urging New Yorkers to stay inside if possible, use air conditioning, and drink water during the heat wave. “Be conscious of the heat that we’re facing.”

Public libraries, community facilities, senior centers, and other sites will offer a spot to cool off. Those without air conditioning in their homes, the elderly, and those who are pregnant are especially vulnerable to extreme heat. The city also has a new partnership with Petco, where owners can bring their pets into any store to cool off.

Other places to beat this heat for free this week include spray showers at the city’s parks and playgrounds, public pools (hours are extended at outdoor Olympic and intermediate-sized pools to 8 p.m.), and beaches. And those 18 and older can ask your local firehouse to uncap a fire hydrant and have it fitted spray cap, one way New Yorkers have been cooling off since 1896.

To find a cooling center near you, just enter your address or intersection into the map’s search bar. The map labels all cooling centers, with those that are totally accessible marked with a wheelchair. Be sure to check the map daily as hours differ among centers. The interactive map can be found here >>

For more information about the locations and hours of operation for cooling centers, contact 311. Find more health and safety tips to protect against extreme heat here >>

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on July 17, 2019, and has been updated.


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