Sunday, July 25, 2010


Elaine: "It's coffee! It's supposed to be hot!"

Kramer: "Uh ... not that hot."

I remember this exchange from a classic episode of Seinfeld. And the same could be said about the summer of 2010 in NYC: It's summer! It's supposed to be hot! But not this hot.

For the last couple of weeks, NYC has been baking in 90+ degree days. Baking and, I should say, bathing in its concomitant humidity. Someone I met recently from Florida told me that this weather is "Florida hot." The moment you walk outside from the air conditioning, your brow, neck and back immediately break out in sweat. People are drinking water like it's going out of style, fanning themselves, and even trying to think cool thoughts. We New Yorkers are a strong bunch, braving the heat and living our lives as best as possible. Luckily there haven't been an brown-outs or blackouts so, as far as I know, no one has been denied air conditioning. Hopefully this unending heatwave will end soon and life in NYC will get back to normal (not that it ever really is normal but you get the idea).

Woody Guthrie once sang about "the New York islands" -- who knew those islands could become tropical? As an old timer might say, this summer is a doozy.

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