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New Yorkers are bundling up as temperatures remain well below freezing on Thursday.

Traffic officers, street vendors and construction workers were out in the cold on Thursday.

Some worked in the dark, outside, with just one precious break during a long shift. In Greenwich Village, that's the reality for workers. And what feels like sub-zero temperatures does not get them off the hook.

NY1: How long have you been out here?

Worker: Since 7 o'clock last night.

NY1: And then how many hours do you work continuously?

Worker: 12 hours.

NY1: You don't even get to sit inside a car like your colleagues over there?

Worker: Only a half hour, for lunch.

"You just got to keep it moving, you gotta keep your blood pumping,” said Tiason Pendervis, who has worked outdoors for Sanitation for 12 years.

Those forced to face the cold for long hours said the trick to staying warm is to wear multiple layers, keep moving and take breaks in warm locations frequently.

One deliveryman said having a family to support is good motivation while a coffee vendor in Greenwich Village said he gets some comfort from the equipment around him.

“The machines come heated,” he said.

“Oh my god, so brave. It’s so sad, but they’re troopers, you know, they troop it through. If I could walk around and give them all money I would,” said one woman walking in the cold in Greenwich Village.

A utility worker was bundled up well and drinking a hot latte on Thursday morning.

"I gotta have my caffeine,” he said.

But health officials say resist caffeine when warming up, especially if you feel hypothermia coming on.

They also ask you to be mindful of anyone who is constantly shivering or disoriented, both symptoms of Hypothermia.

Meanwhile, everyone must brace for more of the same. The weekend is forecast to bring some relief, but then more precipitation comes and another cold snap is supposed to settle over us next week.

Alternate side parking rules were suspended again on Thursday for the third day in a row due to the cold conditions and slushy streets.

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