The Lower East Side
You know what you Americans always get wrong about heat? You drink cold things when you should drink hot things. Drink tea instead of iced tea, or coffee instead of iced coffee. When you drink hot liquids, it makes you sweat, which cools you off. Cold drinks make you shiver, which makes you warmer. Trust me, this works. I’m used to way hotter temperatures than this.
I personally go home every night and point my fan so that it blows right on me while I watch TV and don’t move. I’m lucky I don’t have a girlfriend because there isn’t room to sit next to me and be cool. Sometimes I put all the ice cubes in my freezer in a big bag and then rub that all over myself. When it gets really bad, a couple times a night I’ll turn my shower on fully cold and stand under it for a few seconds, then stand in front of the fan. I hate summer.
I can’t afford to run my air conditioner for very long, so I prefer to be outside than inside. At least outside you get the wind cooling you off. The other thing is to get off concrete, since that makes things feel hotter. I go to parks when I have the time to; my apartment is near Highland Park. You need to kick it on grass, preferably in the shade, with a nice bucket of ice and beer.
Well, I sit in front of the AC all day driving, then I go home and sleep in front of a fan all night, so you can do that. I don’t know if I have any tips for you. I was eating ice cream a lot when it started getting bad, and that feels good, but then when you finish you feel gross because you’ve gotten used to that. I heard that you should wear light clothes that cover your body, rather than T-shirts that get more of your skin in the sun. I guess all those sheikhs in the desert do that, and they must have