Posts Tagged ‘cooling off with a fire hydrant’

How city kids used to cool off in the summer

May 25, 2009

This Life magazine photo captures a long-lost summer moment in Lower Manhattan in 1953. The street looks like Houston, judging from the median and the ad referencing the Bowery.

Firehydrantsummer

Do kids in any part of New York open up fire hydrants and cool off in the spray? It’s hard to imagine city kids even being allowed to play on their own, much less mess with hydrants.