Manhattan, Upper West Side Suffer Widespread Blackouts

Rockefeller center power outage

Energy company Con Edison said 42,000 customers were without power, a lot of them in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side.

Casts from Come From Away, Waitress and Hadestown performed for audiences waiting to be admitted, according to Broadway World.

New Yorkers said firefighters and cops were everywhere throughout the city.

A reporter with the New York Times said that the buildings were blacked out, but some of the electrical billboards are back on as of 8:00 p.m.

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

Power was not restored until the next day.

A blackout affects buildings in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S, July 13, 2019.

ConEd said on Twitter: 'We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan.


Some shows like Frozen were among the Broadway shows to announce it had cancelled performances.

However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted to say that a manhole fire is responsible for the outage.

"40K without power is Armageddon", he wrote on Twitter.

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.

"From what we're seeing at this moment, this is simply a mechanical problem", de Blasio said.

"We were stuck for about 75 minutes", Jeff O'Malley, 57, told Reuters news agency.

"People were having fun at first when the lights went out; it was something different", said the manager on duty at the Oxbow Tavern on Columbus Avenue and 71st Street, who declined to give his name. We will share more information as it comes in.

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