Have you decided to come to the city for Seed Week? Or maybe you’re spending the weekend with us to learn about our ministry while you are considering joining our Equip Missionary Training program next fall? Summer in New York City is such a fun time, and it is so much easier to get out there and engage others in spiritual conversations when you are not knee-deep in snow and slush, but it can also be a bit of a challenge for any newcomer. Temperatures average from a breezy 70 degrees to a humid 90 degrees, and the lack of central AC in buildings will have even heat-lovers cringing at times.
Here are a few tips to make the most of your time here in the midst of the heat.
This is a bit of common sense. Avoid wearing anything too heavy (like jeans), and choose light, breezy fabrics. You will do a lot of walking in the city, so the times of relief from the heat will come few and far between.
Take a reusable water bottle with you and keep it full! New York City has some of the cleanest tap water in the United States, so you can easily keep your water bottle full for free.
Keep your metro card handy
The subway stations are often just as warm as the outdoors (sometimes warmer), so store your card somewhere you can easily grab it and swipe. If you cannot do that, take care not to block the turnstile while you search for it in your overstuffed backpack. Other people do have their cards ready. Do not be that guy.
New York City might be known for its hustle and bustle, and you will learn pretty quickly not to block the walkways while people are trying to get through, but that does not mean you cannot relax your pace. Take the time to appreciate the diversity of the city. Stop and chat with the locals. Learn the stories of the owners of the restaurant serving the international cuisine you are eating and ask questions about the neighborhoods you are visiting. Not only will this help you engage those around you, begin spiritual conversations, and recognize spiritually interested people, but you will leave with a better understanding of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world – all while keeping your cool.