City issues code blue weather alert amid freezing temperatures
The Office of Emergency Management issued a Code Blue alert for New York City Friday due to the freezing temperatures, but many New Yorkers who work outside still had jobs to do.
Construction workers patched up potholes in Morris Park while sanitation workers picked up garbage. Crossing guards helped children walk the streets safely.
One worker installing asphalt said heat from freshly placed gravel can reach 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some people even say they went out for entertainment. Hunts Point held its first ever tree lighting ceremony and children from the neighborhood attended -- bundled up with hats and gloves.
And a number of "Star Wars" fans who turned out to see the franchise's latest installment, "Rogue One," did so without much cold-weather gear at all. Instead, they wore series-branded sweatshirts and hats.
Officials encouraged anyone in need of refuge from the bitter cold to seek shelter at warming centers around the city.
The National Weather Service also issued a winter weather advisory for the Bronx from midnight Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday. Forecasts show temperatures below freezing for the rest of Friday, but some warming over the weekend.