NEW YORK (PIX11)- What did we do to deserve this inferno?
“It’s too hot,” is the sentiments of most, while others say that it’s simply, “sticky and it’s hot.”
He’s right and in the process the brutal weather has forced New Yorkers to seek refuge wherever they can in the urban jungle. The Tisch Fountain inside of Washington Square Park became a concrete oasis for David. Seconds after cooling off in the fountain, the 53-year-old described the experience with three words, “It was real.”
However, there is a percentage of the population that simply cannot enjoy the relief that most take for granted. Those who have to spend their day working outside, “I haven’t worked in heat like this in quite a while. I don’t do good in the heat. Actually I hate it. I can’t wait to go home. I wish they would just call it a day,” said Wolf while on his forklift.
Some though are their own bosses. Like food vendor Mamun Mijee. Not only can he not stand the heat, but he can’t even get out of his own kitchen, “Inside it’s more hot, you know. The chicken is cooking. There is two fires. There and another fire there, it’s too hot,” said Mijee while serving up orders along Third Avenue.
So is there a particular strategy to beat the heat? Joe a UPS driver says there is one challenge he faces and there are ways to avoid others,”Stay hydrated, that’s the challenge. Keep on moving. Don’t think about it. I try not think about it.”
While working outdoors on this type of day is rough most, it can also be torture for a select few. One of those is Rafael Guerrero. PIX11 News came across Guerrero on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village as he was delivering what many were craving, ice cold beer.
Then there are those like Charles. A delivery driver near Union Square who said he doesn’t mind the heat when compared the cruel offerings of winter, “Oh yes I do. The snow has a lot of hazards to it.”