NYC unveils blocks that will become 'Cool Streets' during heat waves

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled the city blocks that will serve as “Cool Streets” during heat waves this summer. 

The city’s “Cool It! NYC" program “prioritizes new cooling options on blocks in vulnerable neighborhoods with the highest tree-based shade and fire hydrants with spray caps,” the mayor’s office said in a release Tuesday. 

When the city issues heat advisories this summer, the FDNY and the Department of Environmental Protection will “proactively install spray caps on these streets’ hydrants to ensure every New Yorker living in a heat-burdened community is within ¼ mile of an outdoor cooling element,” the release said.

The following blocks will serve as "Cool Streets," according to the release:

  • East Harlem, East 101st Street from Park Avenue to 3rd Avenue
  • Harlem, West 117th Street from Morningside Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • Harlem, West 138th Street from Lenox Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
  • Hamilton Heights, Edgecombe Avenue from St. Nicholas Place to West 14th Street


  • New Lots, Blake Avenue from Miller Street to Hindsdale Street
  • Boerum Hill, Wyckoff Street from Nevins Street to 3rd Avenue
  • Brownsville, Williams Avenue from Liberty Avenue to Atlantic Avenue
  • Red Hook, Henry Street from Lorraine Street to Bay Street
  • Fort Greene, N. Elliott Place from Park Avenue to Flushing Avenue

The Bronx

  • Morrisania, Trinity Avenue from East 166th Street to East 161st Street
  • Mott Haven, East 140th Street from Brook Avenue to Willis Avenue
  • Mott Haven, Jackson Avenue from East 143rd Street to East 147th Street


  • South Richmond Hill, 120th Street from Atlantic Avenue to Liberty Avenue
  • Sunnyside, 39th Avenue from Woodside Avenue to Barnett Avenue