BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn – On Day One of the first heat wave of the summer, what better sight than Brooklyn children cooling off at a legally opened fire hydrant with the spray cap just installed by local firefighters.
"It's like a car wash for humans," 9-year-old Rihanna Mayo said. "I like how the waters sprays up and over cars,too."
At Engine 214, Ladder 111, in between calls, firefighters installed more than ten of these legal spray caps in the neighborhood.
"You have to be over 18, you come to the firehouse, you fill out a form, and a firefighter will put the spray cap on," Captain Steve Berube, of Engine 214 of the FDNY said. "It helps save the water pressure so we can still have enough water to fight fires."
As the temperature surpassed the 90-degree mark, hundreds waited on line at city swimming pools like the one in High Bridge in Washington heights.
The city also opened hundreds of cooling centers and urged everyone to stay hydrated.
"Stay indoors in the middle of the day if you can," said Joseph Esposito, director of the NYC Office of Emergency Management. "Use common sense," he added.
At a free exercise class in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a combo Pilates yoga class called Piyo actually benefitted from the stifling heat and humidity.
"It'll be sweaty and the heat will help loosen up muscles," Petra Claiborne, Dodge YMCA Piyo teacher said.
But perhaps the best way to beat the heat? It's at Brooklyn Bridge Park water lab playground.
"I love Brooklyn Bridge Park," Tabitha MCCall, of Bedford Stuyvesant, surrounded by her five children, said. "It's great what they created in Brooklyn for all of us."
To find out where a cooling center is in your neighborhood, call 311 or go to the website, www.NYC.gov/beattheheat.