Rockette Danelle: 5 Tips for Staying Cool On an NYC Summer Day

If you’ve experienced a New York summer day, then you know all too well that this time of year can be stifling hot at times. While we can’t control what Mother Nature has in store for us, here are Rockette Danelle’s five tips for surviving a hot, humid day in the city that never sleeps.

Always carry a purse-friendly fan. When you’re waiting for the subway, it can get hot (steamy platforms are easily 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the city itself!). While there are often no fans, and obviously no air conditioning, carrying a fan that you can fold up and stash in your purse will help keep you cool while you wait for your train.

Walk slow to stay cool. Don’t break a sweat: it’s all about walking really, really slow and giving yourself enough time to get to and from your destination.

Mooch air-conditioning. If you’re starting to feel like you’re melting, take a pit stop and walk into a store. Who knows, you might even walk out with a new outfit!

Stay shady. The shady side of the street is your best friend. You may need to keep crossing the streets to stay cool, but it’s well worth it—staying in the shade can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Sip on a cool beverage. From iced coffee and tea to protein-packed smoothies and fruit-infused water, sipping on a cool beverage can trick your mind into thinking you’re relaxing on the beach … even though you’re walking through the sizzling streets.