When the heat index is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned facilities to offer people relief from the heat.
Sites where cooling centers are located include Libraries, Community Centers, Senior Centers and NYCHA Facilities. You should use a cooling center during a heat wave if you have no access to a cool environment, and particularly if you are at risk for heat-related illness.
Cooling center facilities are managed by New York City Agency partners, who determine each site’s hours of operation and level(s) of accessibility. For more information, contact a facility directly.
You can also access information about the nearest cooling center by calling 311 or using the NYCEM Cooling Center Finder. For additional tips on how to stay healthy and safe during extreme heat go to nyc.gov/beattheheat.