July 9, 1993 |
It was a 100-degree punchline to an age-old straight line: How hot was it? It was too hot to sell ice cream. Mohammed Hassan's brow dripped with sweat as he stood by his ice cream cart at 52nd Street and 5th Avenue. He had frozen fruit pops, lemon ices, chocolate and vanilla delights. What he didn't have was customers. "When it's too hot, nobody buys ice cream," he said, mopping his forehead in record 100-degree heat. "You need medium hot.