80 Big Apple Summers

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


The thermometer climbed high enough to open cooling centers throughout the five boroughs for the second day in a row on Tuesday. One of the air-conditioned locations open to the public was the Park Slope Senior Center.

Many said they came to the center to keep cool -- in addition to grabbing lunch for $1.25, attending a weekly creative writing class, or playing fairly competitive game of pool. Ella Morgenlander has seen nearly 80 summers in New York. She dislikes the heat, but makes the best of it, splitting her time between her local community garden, Coney Island, and the senior center.

When she’s at home she says she avoids the high cost of air conditioning (it also can irritate her bronchitis). Instead she’s employing a jury-rigged cooling system:


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