People nap in Battery Park.
Image: Bain News Service/Library of Congress
Beginning on July 4, 1911, the northeastern United States was smothered by an 11-day heat wave
Temperatures reached well past 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Boston and New York
In New York, people sought respite from the heat in the shade of parks, in fountains and at the beach. Electric fans were widely sold out.
When the heat wave finally broke in the city, 146 people and 600 horses had died.
Carriage drivers water their horses.
Crowds gather on the beach at Coney Island.
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