This stretch of cold weather, the coldest stretch in years, is causing plenty of misery, but it is dangerous in the communities still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
Looking at the job ahead of him, Alberto Pizarro said he's taking a break from helping his neighbor, William Farrell rebuild his home this week. The men said they can't go any further until a new boiler is installed, and one small space heater isn't cutting it.
The cold inside shows with each breath they take. Farrell is wearing layers of clothing to stay warm. He said the last few nights have been tough for his wife and his son, but they're taking it all in stride.
They spend most of their time in their bedroom, where they are using a space heater to help them stay warm.
"It wasn't that bad," he said. "We're getting used to it. You sleep with clothes on. You sleep in layers."
Farrell said he tried to repair the heating unit that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, but that didn't work, and he couldn't afford one before Winter rolled in.
He finally got a new boiler recently, and on Wednesday, contractors from the city's Rapid Repairs program were scheduled to begin the work to install it. Farrell and his family are hoping the job won't take long because there are a lot more cold days ahead.