"In 1953, New York baked for 12 all-but-unbearable days in a row. From August 24 to September 4, the high temperature in @centralparknyc was never less than 90 degrees, and the nights seemed almost as warm. @conedison calculated that the average high temperature for those 12 days was 95 degrees. The peak was a scalding, scorching 102. The city simmered, sizzled and stewed. The @nytimes staff photographer Carl T. Gossett took this photo of children playing in an open fire hydrant on Old Slip Street in Manhattan in 1953. This #MemorialDayWeekend, we're sharing photos from the @nytimes archives. #nytweekender" By nytimes on Instagram.
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