Cooling Center

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
  • 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.