New York City Power Outage: What We Know So Far

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

"Absolute mad house", one said on Twitter.

The electricity cuts come on the anniversary of a massive power failure in 1977 that plunged the NY skyline into darkness and triggered widespread looting and arson.

Without traffic lights, some New Yorkers stepped in to help, as captured on social media.

Subway riders were walked through tunnels and led to the station at Columbus Circle, an MTA source said. That outage was triggered by lightning strikes hitting two substations and came at a time where the city was already on edge by the Son of Sam serial murders. At first she thought something happened at Trump International Hotel and Tower, she said. "We will provide updates as we receive them".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is not in the city as he is on the campaign trail in Iowa, says he is keeping up to date on the blackouts. "It sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable amount of time".

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Most Broadway shows were cancelled Saturday night, but in true NY style, some of the performers exited the theaters and sang in the streets for disappointed ticket-holders. Several cast members from the show put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.

It has been reported that the NY Fire Department responded to a transformer fire at West 64th St and West End Ave.

Dark buildings along a street are seen near Times Square area, as a blackout affects buildings and traffic during widespread power outages in the Manhattan borough.

Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan, N.Y., following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

'We were stuck for about 75 minutes, ' said the 57-year-old consultant.

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