In 1969, Life magazine captured both the energy and the misery of a hot summer day in the city.
A couple take in each other and not the view on the Staten Island Ferry,
Young woman on her way to work?
Aww… I wonder if they’re still friends.
Commuters getting a brief moment of relief as they exit a hot subway station.
A fashionable woman suffers through the heat to look good.
The look on the right is not worth suffering through the heat for.
Lunchtime on the steps of the New York Public Library.
Woman getting some attention on the steps of the New York Public Library.
The midday sun making it miserable for the crowd in midtown Manhattan.
Kids cool off with the spray of a fire hydrant.
People sunbathe at the Hudson River.
Belly art in Central Park.
A young woman appropriately dressed for a hot day in Central Park.
Sunbathers in Central Park.
Elderly people relax on benches in Central Park.
I bet they smell like sweat and patchouli.
People take a walk around Bethesda Fountain.
A crowd cools off in Bethesda Fountain, the Loeb Boathouse in the background.
Members of the Hare Krishna chanting in the park.
Impromptu concert on Bethesda Terrace.
A couple checks out the band in Bethesda Terrace.
People cool off in Bethesda Fountain. This is just gross.
Central Park Lake with Bethesda Terrace in the background.
People in the background enjoying a stroll on Bow Bridge.
This couple has the right idea, although the matching outfits are a bit creepy.
Best way to keep cool: a miniskirt.
Was the photographer trying to go for a creep shot?
You know the couple who lives in this apartment were always hosting summer parties.
A couple enjoy a barbecue on their rooftop terrace.
Nothing says summer like dancing the night away in a hot club (literally it looks disgustingly muggy in there!).