125th St looking west from Second Ave.
The 3rd Avenue Elevated is in the background.
Publisher: Detroit Publishing Company. From the Library of Congress digital archives.
(From the online digital collection of the Museum of the City of New York.)
“Summer in the City!”
A 10-day heat wave left the city blistering in late summer 1953, with record temperatures in the triple digits scalding the streets.
Luckily these city kids living in the vicinity of today’s Nolita (see the ad for 276 Bowery) knew how to keep cool: They opened a fire hydrant.
Life magazine photographer Peter Stackpole captured these wonderful images: the spray coming out high into the Belgian Block street, then a boy aiming a flood of water at his buddy.
The next shots show other kids joining in, with no street traffic getting in their way. And then a policeman apparently puts a stop to it.
It looked like a lot of fun while it lasted. Amazingly, almost every kid is wearing long pants!