Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Yorkers Try to Stay Cool as Temperatures Soar

By Andrea Swalec and Tuan Nguyen, DNAinfo

Manhattan residents and their four-legged friends are trying their best to stay cool as temperatures hit blistering highs.
Pooches took a plunge in a doggy pool filled with cooling water at the Leroy Dog Run, in Hudson River Park near Pier 40, on Wednesday.
Klebber Bezerra of the West Village said he's bringing his 10-month old pit bull, Fritz, to the pool almost every day to stay cool during the heat wave, expected to peak at 101 degrees Friday.
Temperatures are in the upper 90s on Thursday, but it feels as hot as 110 degrees, according to Accuweather.
Though the pool must have been tempting for everybody Thursday, workers in Manhattan had to find other ways to beat the heat. Times Square street performers were out despite the rising mercury, trying to stay in the shade.

In Central Park, pedicab drivers kept peddling Thursday despite the heat.
And on Pier 45 in Hudson River Park, sunbathers found relief in a sprinkler for grown-ups. Brooklyn resident Blair Blanchard, 30, said he sunbathes on the grass-covered pier three times a week, and steps into the outdoor shower to cope with the heat.
The heat isn't expected to relent before Saturday.

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