Unless you've been living in a walk-in freezer for the past week, you may have noticed that it's a tad hot outside. While you sit in front of your lone fan chugging gallons of ice water, just be thankful that you're living in this century, where air conditioning exists and shorts and tank tops are acceptable daily attire. Here now, we have 13 photos, some more than 100 years old, showing how New Yorkers kept cool without our modern comforts, while wearing a lot more wool clothing. Think giant blocks of ice, playing in park fountains, and splashing down in Coney Island's boat chute ride, which, by the way, they should definitely bring back.
· Summer Flashback archives [Curbed]