You don’t need us to tell you it’s hot outside — the city could tie the record high of 101 on Friday and stay scorched through the weekend.
Con Edison is leery of power outages as it anticipates smashing energy-consumption records on Friday and Saturday, and is urging New Yorkers to help keep the grid humming by setting thermostats no lower than 78, closing those blinds and turning off all nonessential appliances. (DVRs, for instance, are big power hogs — give them a rest if you’re not watching TV.)
Now, if hiding in your cool cave seems a downer, escape to a city cooling center. Even better, let amNewYork add sizzle, if you will, to your chilling strategy by following any or all of these cool tips.
This massive Italian-food destination across from Madison Square Park is the perfect place to cool down and catch up on food shopping, sample delicious treats and simply get lost in its enormous aisles. Some see Eataly as an amazing tourist trap, but your chief concern is not to spend money — it’s to stop sweating.
Museum of Modern Art
Yes, museums have long been the go-to spots to cool off. So you can take your pick, but we’re always looking for an excuse to check out the latest show at the MoMA. Consider the exceptional exhibit "Francis Alys: A Story of Deception," which you can enjoy as the icy air reinvigorates you. We’ll advise skipping the sculpture garden this time.
Reading Rooms at the NYPL
The vast reading rooms at the library are always kept cool, so kick back and spend an afternoon lounging where Gotham eggheads have been expanding their horizons (and dodging 100-degree days) for a century.
The Hudson River just beyond may look appealing, but forget about taking a dangerous dip: Instead, check out blissfully chilly Chelsea Piers. You can ice skate at the Sky Rink, get pampered at the spa, hit the driving range under some shade, or cut loose on the bowling lanes.
The subways, you ask? Crazy. Well, the platforms are admittedly inhumanely hot, but the payoff awaits in the subway cars — they are essentially igloos on wheels this time of year. We especially recommend the new-generation cars, which roll on lines such as the L, 4/5/6 and N/Q/R. Then sit and do nothing. Bring reading material if you must, maybe a fully charged iPod and then while away the day in your personal subterranean icebox.
We offer two suggestions that give you lots to do: The Manhattan Mall in Herald Square and the Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center. The latter is upscale, the former aims at the middle, but they both have something in common: very effective central air conditioning.
Today: 101 degrees, mostly sunny
Tomorrow: 99 degrees, partly cloudy, chance of showers
Sunday: 90 degrees, mostly sunny
(Source: National Weather Service)