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Harlem Street Turns Into Kids' Water Oasis at Police Athletic League Event

 The Police Athletic League hosted on of its annual citywide programs in Harlem Wednesday afternoon for local kids, including opening a fire hydrant and giving out frozen treats, as the city braces for a possible heat wave. 
Harlem Kids Cool Off During Heat Wave in PAL Program
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HARLEM — Call it perfect timing.

Youngsters dashed through cool water spouting from a fire hydrant and munched on Italian ice as the Police Athletic League held its annual Playstreets — and temperatures passed 90 degrees.

The event closed off the street on West 119th Street between Manhattan and Morningside Avenues Wednesday.

The organization offered free rock climbing, football, soccer, bouncing houses, foosball and a slew of other outdoor activities.

“What we do is take the neighborhood street and try to make it a camp,” said Frederick Watts, PAL’s executive director.

“It’s a great chance for kids to be right in their neighborhood and have fun.”

The organization estimates that nearly 10,000 children will be served by 40 similar events planned over the summer across the city.