Queens family struggles to stay warm during weekend’s arctic blast with no heat, no hot water

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MASPETH, Queens — Imagine what it's like if your apartment inside is as cold as it is outside, just as New York City is experiencing the coldest temperatures and wind chills in 20 years this weekend.

One Maspeth family knows firsthand.

"We keep the heater going nonstop and we keep bundled up at all times," Dawn Stahl told PIX11 News.

Dawn, her husband Michael and 16-year-old daughter Ashley have been living in the second-floor apartment at 54–66 46 Street with no heat and hot water for three months.

Her Con Edison bill is over $2000.

And to make matters worse, her oven and stove don't work because she said National Grid removed the gas meter in the basement because her landlord didn't pay his bills. She's now using a hot plate for cooking.

"He's a slumlord who doesn't want to do anything for this building," Dawn said.

Her daughter's bedroom is even colder than the living room, with the taped up window and yet another electric heater.

"It's freezing," daughter Ashley Wil said. "I use the blankets all the time."

In the bathroom, a six-gallon water heater is used for bathing.

The family stopped paying rent months ago and took the landlord to court.

And now they're moving out in April, but, in the meantime, they have to deal with this weekend's arctic blast.

"It's crazy, I hate it. It's hard," Dawn said. " But as long as I can make sure my daughter's nice and warm, I'm okay."

PIX11 News called Dawn's landlord repeatedly and they all went unanswered.

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