New Rochelle Heads Toward Water To Beat The Heat

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Steve Lam (left) with friends Derek and Melissa at Hudson Park.
Steve Lam (left) with friends Derek and Melissa at Hudson Park. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – With summer kicking into full gear, and temperatures continuing to rise, Sound Shore residents are taking full advantage of their proximity to the water, and retreating for cooler grounds.

In New Rochelle, residents flocked to the city’s many parks on Wednesday, taking the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine after the humidity finally broke after a brief heat wave.

Steve Lam, 17, spent the day at Hudson Park with his friends Derek and Melissa. He said that they plan on spending as much time at the beach and on his boat during the summer before starting his senior year.

“Even when it’s hot and sticky like it was the last week, you can just come down to the water and there’s always a nice breeze,” he said. “I have a part-time job, but when I’m not there, I try to get on the boat as much as I can to tube, just race around or head to another beach.”

Hanging out down by the water was a popular destination on Wednesday, as many enjoyed retreating from the air conditioning to head outside and enjoy some dry heat. Greg Lullo, who was preparing his boat at the New Rochelle Marina for the weekend, said that he’s been putting the task off for a few days and waiting for the weather to break.

“I’ve had the week off, but the weather has been miserable so I’ve been procrastinating and trying to get as much done inside as I could,” he said. “It’s nice to get out in the fresh air and out of the house.”

While others chose to be proactive and make the most of the more pleasant weather, others found it more relaxing to simply sit back and enjoy the shade.

Norman Harper, 76, who was watching boats at Mamaroneck Harbor with his wife, Nancy, said that the humidity had resigned him to the indoors since Sunday morning.

“The older I get, the more these things seem to affect me,” he joked. “We love coming down here on nice days to feed the ducks and watch the boats come around.”

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