How to keep cool during the heat: NYC cooling centers, beaches, pools, libraries

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — With heat stroke being a serious concern, the city isn't taking any chances with this weekend's extreme heat -- temperatures will hover close 100 degrees and feel even hotter. It's opening cooling centers, extending the hours of pools, beaches, and libraries, and  making hydrants, playground sprinklers and splash showers more accessible. 

Related: Excessive Heat Warning till Sunday at 8 pm

Here’s where you can cool off as temperatures will feel like up to and over 100 degrees.


There are 500 cooling centers open around the city through Sunday. Many are located in public libraries, senior centers and community centers. To find the nearest cooling center and its hours, visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder or call 311. 


There's extended hours for all Olympic and intermediate-sized outdoor public pools in NYC; They're all open for the whole summer, 11am to 7pm every day, NOW!


New York City beaches beaches are open from Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2019. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 


For a list of playgrounds with spray showers, click here


Hydrants without spray caps are illegal and dangerous. Adults can obtain free spray caps at firehouses.


The New York Public Library will open 5 additional branches this Sunday (they're air conditioned!) Libraries will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Libraries open on Sunday are below, and for more info click here

Highbridge Library and Soundview Library in the Bronx
Morningside Heights Library and Harlem Library in Manhattan
Stapleton Library in Staten Island
Bronx Library Center, Melrose Library, Parkchester Library in the Bronx
53rd Street Library, Inwood Library, Hudson Park Library in Manhattan
Todt Hill–Westerleigh Library in Staten Island
Highbridge Library, Bronx Library Center, and Parkchester Library in the Bronx
Morningside Heights Library, Harlem Library, and Inwood Library Manhattan
Stapleton Library, Todt Hill–Westerleigh Library, and Mariners Harbor in Staten Island (please note, Mariners Harbor is not open on Sunday)  

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