It’s F’ing Hot! Cool Off Greenpoint

Aside from sitting in a/c watching Twin Peaks, which I recommend (aka heaven!) – here are other ways to stay cool in this motherf’in’ heat:

Take a dip! The McCarren Park Pool is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Open a fire hydrant! Spray caps can be obtained by an adult 18 or over, free of charge, at local firehouses. More info here.

• Borrow a kid! Sprinklers (now called “spray showers”) are on in parks, but don’t be creepy. You can’t go into the playground without accompanying a kid. Check out McGolrick Park, American Playground (Franklin St bet. Milton St & Noble St) & Greenpoint Playground (Franklin St. bet. Commerical St. and Dupoint St.)

Water Balloon Fight! The water fountains in parks were specifically engineered for filling massive quantities of water balloons. Nothing is better than a good old fashioned water balloon fight.

• I love this one: Don’t exercise! Especially from 11am-4pm.

Wear sunscreen! And cover up.

Drink plenty of H20! (reduce consumption of alcohol (sorry!) and caffeine)

Don’t leave your dog or kids in a car! Temps in car get much hotter faster and dogs and kids die every year from being left in cars. If you see this neglectful behavior – call 911!

Check on neighbors and old folks nearby. 

• Here is a list of local cooling centers in or close to Greenpoint.

Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry will be opening and closing earlier than usual this week. On Thursday from 7am-11am with cold drinks and cool places to sit for pantry guests and volunteers.

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Sunday Snaps: Just Pretend

To cope with the heat just imagine you are in a tropical place, far far away.

I put up this photo of Jon and told everyone we found a cheap flight to Portugal! I even tagged it in Instagram: Lisbon, Portugal. We were in Brooklyn Heights but everyone believed us. Try it in your own backyard, in front of a tropical plant or in a sunny pool. Find a cool looking wall or the flowery garden of a restaurant. You will almost believe you are there. Then hide in your A/C and watch movies. No one is going to be mad you aren’t hanging out. 

Near Kellogg’s Diner on Metropolitan, there are painted beach scenes on wooden panels and this tree is participating in the magic. This photograph makes me want to jump on a cruise, and I think I hate cruises. (I’ve never been on one.) 

Grab a frozen cocktail at The Commodore (366 Metropolitian Ave) and pretend you are on an old creaky sailboat heading towards a deserted island. After a few – mind the brain freeze – you will be sailing away!

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The Garden Spot, Week 14

we're hot 🙁

Summer literally just began and already it’s a scorcher! My balcony garden has seen it’s fair share of extreme weather in the past 14 weeks, but I still wanted to make sure that I was doing everything I could to preserve my multitude of squashes and newly sprouting cilantro.

Here are some of the best tips I found:

  • Water early in the morning or in the evening to avoid evaporation.
  • Increase the shade or even move some of your more sensitive plants indoors if you can.
  • Weed often so the plants save their energy and use water in the most productive way.
  • Give your plants some space – I am planning on doing some serious re-potting over the weekend with fresh, moist soil to burst some life back into my crowded tomatoes.
  • Some plants wont survive the heat, so decide if you want to replace your most wilted greens, or move on and plan better next year.

What are you doing to protect your garden from the heat? Leave some tips in the comments!

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