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Title: Queens residents lose power during NYC heat
Summary: Following sky high temperatures across
the city — which prompted the mayor to announce
a heat emergency on Wednesday, June 30 — Queens
residents experienced power outages in all corners of
Reach: 3,961 (as of 07/02/2021)
Safe summer fun
Th e Fourth of July holiday weekend
marked the unoffi cial launch of
the season in the city.
New York City residents suff ered
through a week of high heat — with
temperatures nearing triple digits —
forcing Mayor Bill de Blasio to call an
offi cial “heat emergency.” Th e recent
blistering temperatures led to the several
outages throughout the city as
its power system struggled to keep
up with increased usage from city
dwellers using fans and air
conditioners to cool off .
But the worst seems to be over,
with temperatures dropping over the
weekend, and it’s time for residents to
have some fun!
With the city emerging from the
dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic,
there is tons to do this summer!
Head to the beaches at Coney
Island and the Rockaways, or cool
off at one of the city’s several public
Still not up to traveling? Not a
problem! Th ere are plenty of familyfriendly
hotel pools throughout New
York City that are perfect for the ultimate
staycation this summer.
You can also spend some time outdoors
at your local parks, many of
which are off ering events for people
of all ages all summer long!
And for all you thrill-seekers out
there, Coney Island’s newest roller
coaster, the 68-foot high Phoenix,
opened on July 1, off ering a topsyturvy
journey that’ll make you spin!
Yes, there is so much to do this
summer. But remember — COVID-
19 is still a threat. For those who are
not yet vaccinated, we implore you to
get the shot.
New York City data shows that
nearly 51 percent of all residents are
fully vaccinated and about 56 percent
have received at least one dose of the
vaccine. But 44 percent of all NYC
residents have yet to be vaccinated, a
number that must increase.
Getting vaccinated doesn’t just protect
yourself, it protects those around
you — family, friends, neighbors,
co-workers, etc. If you don’t want to
get the vaccine for yourself, do it for
them. We owe it to each other to be
as safe as possible as we try to put this
pandemic behind us, once and for all.
And with summer now here and
with few or no restrictions in the
city, we have the opportunity to do
So, make an appointment, roll up
your sleeves and get the vaccine so we
can all have some fun this summer!
Photo by Dean Moses
With summer fi nally here, make sure you are vaccinated to take full advantage of the season.