Handling the heat; New Yorkers cope with working under the hot sun

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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.”

Kevin Wolf a construction worker doesn’t sugarcoat it, to him the heat is a “pain in the a%# actually.”

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.”

Meanwhile Wayne Chen doorman at The Gramercy Park hotel acknowledges that the trick is all about angles and the surroundings.  Although he is required to be outside his entire shift, he has buildings, trees, and the covered entrance of the famed hotel to protect from the direct impact of the sun.  When told he might be the most protected guy that is working outside on this day? Chen said, “It looks like it. It looks like it. I’m not even breaking a sweat right now.”

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.

When asked if it was tempting?  “Yes,” said Guerrero.  When asked again if it was tempting or torturous? “Torturous,” said the driver.

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.”


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