Nearly 400 homeless people have come in off the streets since bitterly cold temperatures set in Saturday, Mayor de Blasio said.
There have been no known deaths related to the cold.
City teams brought 105 people to homeless shelters, all but one of them voluntarily.
Another 288 people went to public hospitals to escape the cold or get medical treatment.
“Temperatures have started to warm up, finally,” said de Blasio, who spoke at the Broadway Lafayette subway station as the mercury hovered around 10 degrees.
“It’s still bitterly cold outside. We want people to continue to take precautions.”
The temperature hit a record low of one below zero in Central Park Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The former record for the day of two degrees was in place since 1916.
A cold weather alert will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Monday, the mayor said.
Light snow is expected early Monday, dropping one to two inches, and minor coastal flooding is expected Tuesday.
The city has received 3,650 heat complaints since Saturday. De Blasio said that was fewer than expected.
For some, like Kimberly Serling, the city has had to use emergency measures to help.
Serling and the other tenants in 3235 Cruger Ave. in the Bronx have been living without heat and hot water since April. On Friday, a desperate Serling finally called 311 to report her landlord.
An investigator with the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development found the temperature inside was 57 degrees.
HPD’s Division of Maintenance then immediately stepped in and discovered gas had been shut off due to a nonpayment. After Con Ed restored service the city found a gas leak at the meter bar and immediately dispatched a plumber to fix it.
“They took care of everything,” Serling said. “They were awesome.”
Three NYCHA complexes experienced heat outages in some apartments. One had been fixed by Sunday afternoon and work was underway at the other two, de Blasio said.
Gov. Cuomo also warned of arctic temperatures around the state, and established a hotline to give out warning center locations and safety information. The number is 866-881-2809.
“We have a hotline out because it’s dangerously cold,” Cuomo told reporters following an unrelated Harlem event. “Hypothermia can set in very quickly. People can get into trouble very quickly in this cold.”
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