Staying chill when the heat won't let you


It’s certainly been a hot summer, but representatives from the city’s emergency management and health departments say no one has to suffer because of it.

Cooling centers open across the five boroughs whenever the heat gets too much, ensuring those who might not have access to air-conditioning otherwise can find something to help them chill.

And it’s not just about comfort, officials say. It could be a matter of life or death.

Most people who die from a heat-related situation are typically first exposed to extreme heat at home without the assistance of any air-conditioners.

Staying cool could also mean drinking plenty of liquids to stay hydrated while avoiding strenuous activity.

Anyone visiting a cooling center must still wear a face covering and maintain appropriate social distance in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information on how to find a cooling center, call 311, or visit


Dooley now leads trustees  at Manhattan College

For the first time in nearly a decade, Manhattan College’s board of trustees has a new chair. And his name is William Dooley.

A 1975 Manhattan graduate, Dooley is a former executive vice president of investments and services at AIG.

He succeeds Kenneth Rathgeber, who led the board of trustees since 2012.

“The college has been fortunate to have Ken Rathgeber as chair these past nine years, and we are excited to be working with Bill as we continue to strengthen the college and build for the future,” said Manhattan College president Brennan O’Donnell, in a release.

“Bill Dooley’s commitment to his alma mater makes him an ideal successor to Ken.”

Dooley joined AIG in 1978, and became its vice president in 1996.

He rose to senior vice president in 1998 before becoming executive vice president of investments and financial services in 2010.


Children’s Hospital named one of the best

It’s a streak that keeps continuing for Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, once again named one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

In fact, it’s the hospital’s 14th straight year on the list recognized for its neonatology, pediatric cancer, and its gastroenterology and GI surgery practices.

“The earlier babies are born, the more health, behavioral and developmental problems they tend to experience,” said Dr. Deborah Campbell, Montefiore’s neonatology chief, in a release. “Our goal is to partner with and empower our families to be active participants in the multidisciplinary team of experts, providing the best possible care for infants, and giving them a solid foundation for achieving lifelong health.”

At least 1 in 10 babies in the Bronx are born pre-term, according to Montefiore, meaning pregnancy in those instances lasts less than 37 weeks. These babies can be very small, having a low birth weight and immature organs. This typically requires sophisticated therapies to help them breathe and feed.

To compile its list, the magazine researched more than 100 pediatric hospitals in the country.