New York City suffered through a blistering 104 degrees yesterday – the second-highest temperature ever recorded here – with wilting discomfort but no disaster.
The peak temperature was reached at 2:40pm and tied a previous reading of 104 on August 7, 1918. It was second only to the 106 degrees of July 9, 1936.
New Yorkers clung to air-conditioned offices and the shady side of the streets when they had to venture out. On the Staten Island Ferry, stokers had to contend with temperatures of 145 degrees in the boiler rooms.
excerpt from David Bird NYT 7/22/77