New York City, June 20, 2016

★★★ In the damp shade, on the walk to preschool, the breeze could hold off the heat for the moment, if only for the moment. Soon enough after, a hot blue haze filled Broadway. A taxi backed up and bumped into a man, and he walked away without looking back. People on the train were disheveled. Heat rose up off the asphalt in the crosswalk as the pedestrian signal took unbearably long to turn. The notion of ducking out for an iced coffee decayed from a plan to an aspiration to a missed opportunity. Each flare of light in the cross street drew the eye up to find another ugly flat-windowed building. Enough clouds arrived at the late sundown to make it richly and routinely gorgeous.