A major heat wave is headed to Brooklyn and beyond! We hope you’re staying safe in the sun and heat. For tips on hot weather safety, click hereAs well, we’ve got a few recommendations for ways to pass the time while it’s sweltering outside. Read on for our suggestions:

6 Ways to Stay Cool During the Heat Wave

Stop by a neighborhood Cooling Center. New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned public facilities for those experiencing physical discomfort in a heat wave. Find the hours of cooling centers in your neighborhood here

Go swimming at one of New York City’s free public pools. Find the public pool closest to you here and take advantage of extended hours at all Olympic- and intermediate-sized outdoor pools from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21.

Read a book!  Brooklyn Public Libraries offer free audio and e-book downloads to anyone who has a library card. As well, many Brooklyn Public Libraries are air-conditioned and designated cooling centers. For more info and to check out the selection of books, click here!

Check in on elderly neighbors and use the heat wave as an opportunity to build and strengthen neighborhood relationships. 

Submit an application for the 2019-20 cohort of YO S.O.S. (Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets) here.  Interviews will begin in late August and the priority deadline to apply is August 20th. Many libraries are air-conditioned and have free computers you can use to submit an application. 

Watch a documentary! Stay cool in the air-conditioning at your home or a neighbor’s and check out these two great recommendations:
‘The Interrupters,’ online for free here
This film documents the first Cure Violence site, originally called CeaseFire, in Chicago. If you are wondering what S.O.S. is about, this is a great way to learn more!
13th,’ available on Netflix.
This film explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the American prison system.  

Please make sure to stay safe in the hot weather. If you see someone, know someone, or are someone who is on the street and in need of shelter from the heat, you can call 311. They will send an outreach team to offer shelter. Learn more here.