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heat

Hot Time in the Old Town

by George Bodarky
Image of the book "Hot Time in the Old Town" by Edward Kohn

This summer’s heat may have given us something to gripe about, but it pales in comparison to what New Yorkers suffered through in August of 1896. A 10-day heat wave claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people in Manhattan alone. One local newspaper described the city as “an inferno of brick and stone.”

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