by Deenah
Aug 11, 2017
Herzberg, Irving I. Elderly Woman Sitting on Boardwalk with Dog. 1974. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Herzberg, Irving I. Elderly Woman Sitting on Boardwalk with Dog. 1974. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Thought you were the first and only Brooklynite to sweat so much you nearly transform into a salty pool on the asphalt below? Well, the dog days of summer have plagued our crowded city streets for decades and resouceful Brooklynites have had to turn to a number of different activities for respite, particularly when coasting from AC office to AC train to AC apartment just wasn't an option. We mined the Brooklyn Collection Historic Photographs to  get some ideas as to how Brooklyn-dwellers of the past managed to cope with the long sweaty days of August.

You could try to:

Geller, Jules. Bearing Up. 1949. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Geller, Jules. Bearing Up. 1949. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Find a furry friend (animal or otherwise) and an ice cold beverage.

 

 

Shabazz, Jamel. Summertime. 2009. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Shabazz, Jamel. Summertime. 2009. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Rest in a patch of shade when the basketball court blacktop gets to be too much.

 

 

How to Keep Cool on a Warm day. 1950. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
How to Keep Cool on a Warm day. 1950. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Tie your hair up in a couple of neat braids and set off fishing in Prospect Park with your friends.

 

 

Dodin, Lev. Sandcastles on Brighton Beach. 2002. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Dodin, Lev. Sandcastles on Brighton Beach. 2002. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Ditch the depressing news cycle and create an alternate reality to distract yourself from the sweats made worse by the horror of current events.

 

 

Cohen, George. Girls at Fast Food Stand. 1986. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Cohen, George. Girls at Fast Food Stand. 1986. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Find some hot food to match the hot weather. What's outside should be inside right?

 

 

Shabazz, Jamel. East Flatbush 1988. 1988. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Shabazz, Jamel. East Flatbush 1988. 1988. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Get a fresh haircut with your whole crew. Reflecting on the flat top, it's probably the most effiecient head cooling solution: nothing on the shoulders or sides, just a little bit on top to protect your head from a sun burn. Genius August-weather advice from the 80's to you.

 

 

Nisnoff, Harold J. Ruth Wilson. 1948. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Nisnoff, Harold J. Ruth Wilson. 1948. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Grab a chair, throw it in the sea, and catch up on your dailies. Before you jump in though, you might want to make sure your nails are tip top and your hair is looking right. You never know who you might run into.

 

 

Cohen, George. Women Taking Photo on Beach. 1987. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Cohen, George. Women Taking Photo on Beach. 1987. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Hop on your bike, grab a couple of friends, and head to the beach to test out the latest technology in an attempt to distract yourself from the sun beating down overhead.

 

 

Wilcox, Julius. People's Palace Swimming Tank. 1892. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Wilcox, Julius. People's Palace Swimming Tank. 1892. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Find an indoor swimming pool to ditch the UV rays altogether. Practice that diving technique.

 

 

Geller, Jules, Water, boy! 1953. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Geller, Jules, Water, boy! 1953. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

I mean. Classic.

 

 

Rutter, Edgar E. Coney Island Beach and Bathers. 1919. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.
Rutter, Edgar E. Coney Island Beach and Bathers. 1919. The Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library.

Like a true New Yorker, wear all black, even at the beach. Nothing says cooling off like a long-sleeved black bathing suit!

 

That seems like a pretty good batch of suggestions from Brooklyn residents through the ages. Perhaps if we follow their lead, we'll make it through the rest of this sticky month in the city.

Good luck staying cool!

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