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for The New York Times: One Day in the Heat, What Cooling Off Looks and Feels Like in New York
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jul 25, 2022
Location: New York City
Parasols, paper fans, flowing dresses, floppy hats, portable neck fans. Everywhere, water: bottles sweating beads of condensation, water guns spraying in parks and inside apartments. Fire hydrants transforming into sprinklers.

These are some of the tools New Yorkers are using to work and play during the summer’s first heat wave, as daily temperatures near 100 degrees. As the planet continues warming, it will only get worse in summers to come.

On one long, sweltering day this week, city dwellers approached the challenge with a mix of ready-for-anything whimsy and deadly serious awareness that heat can kill.

Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Anne BarnardNate Schweber, Téa Kvetenadze, and reporting by Matthew Sedacca.One Day in the Heat: What Cooling Off Looks and Feels Like in New York
How do you stay cool when the weather is so hot? The answers are as diverse as the city itself.


José A. Alvarado Jr. is a visual storyteller devoted to documenting cultural and social issues, as well as human interest stories in the US and Puerto Rico.
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