Cruel, helpful map shows you NYC’s hottest subway stations

The lesson here is, stay above ground. via WNYC
If there’s anything you take away from this map, it’s to stay above ground. via WNYC

Let’s face it: in the summer, you should do everything you can to avoid going down into the subway. For some reason, subway stations seem temperature-controlled to feel like the inside of a dog’s mouth. But some stations are far worse than others, and it might behoove you and your sweat glands to know which ones before you head to that business meeting. Lucky you, WNYC went out and recorded the temperatures of 103 city subway stations, including a handful in Brooklyn. Then they made this nifty map with their findings. 

Readings were taken at a distance from the trains, so as not to be affected by the A/C inside of them. WNYC says they estimate their readings were also “a few degrees cooler” than what someone would feel on their face, as the heat rises up.

WNYC’s report isn’t all that shocking, but it’s still terrible news. The 4/5/6, for example, definitely feels like standing in hot garbage: in Brooklyn, the Borough Hall stop was recorded at 89°F. And headed back home from Manhattan, you should prepare to sit in 107°F heat at the Chambers stop.

The L is reasonably toasty, with an 86°F temp at Bedford and 99°F across the river at 8th Avenue, but the Lorimer/Metropolitan stop showed a surprising discrepancy between a balmy 79 degrees on the lower-level G train platform, versus a steamy 88 degrees up at the L.

The Borough Hall 2/3 train was the hottest recorded station in BK, coming in at a staggering 91°F.

This isn’t an exhaustive map by any means, but it ought to dissuade you from doing anything underground, at least until outside temperatures cool down a little. Got any red-flag stations to add to the list from your own commutes, brokesters? Share it with us in the comments section!

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