Monday, 14 October, 2019

Power failure halts New York subway trains

Theatergoers gather under darkened marquees on Broadway Theatergoers gather under darkened marquees on Broadway
Patty Aguilar | 14 July, 2019, 05:09

People took to social media in the midst of complete chaos to showcase not only the eerie scenes popping up but that ever so present and resilient NY spirit after a blackout across much of midtown Manhattan and part of the Upper West Side knocked out power to almost 20,000 customers on Saturday evening.

People crowd West 45th Street in NY, during a power outage Saturday.

Power reportedly went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side.

Widespread power outages in Manhattan have knocked out power to tens of thousands, leaving the city in the dark and causing massive subway disruptions.

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.

NBC News correspondent and anchor, Kate Snow, tweeted a picture of a dark hallway at the network's headquarters, and said staffers were forced to use backup generators to broadcast Saturday's edition of Nightly News.

The New York City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, said on Twitter that there was a major disturbance at Con Edison's 49th Street substation, and that the utility was working to fix it. She had planned to take the A train home when the power outage occurred.

Traffic lights were out up and down the avenues, and apartment residents wound up trapped in their elevators.

"New Yorkers are awesome!" she said. "But organized, civilized and everyone is respectful and organized".

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Several Broadway and off-Broadway shows said they were canceling performances, according to tweets aggregated by The Broadway League.

But that didn't stop audiences from being entertained.

In an attempt to cheer customers, the cast from the musical "Come From Away" performed a song in front of the stage door.

Twitter user @MarlinPie shared a video of performers outside Carnegie Hall.

"I guess this is what they call a NY moment", she tweeted.

Power went out at Madison Square Garden just before 9:30 p.m., the site of a Jennifer Lopez concert.

New Yorkers inevitably recalled the blackout of 1977, which cut power for millions in the city, along with the chaos that ensued when the the lights went out. Many of Times Square's storied sky-scraping billboards also blinked out.

The New York City skyline on July 13, 1977, when a blackout lasted 25 hours.

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