Major Blackout Hits New York City on 42nd Anniversary of 1977 Power Failure

By Paul Riegler on 13 July 2019
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Times Square before the blackout

Times Square before the blackout

Parts of New York City were plunged into darkness when a power failure hit the West Side of Manhattan late Saturday.

The power failure came on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 power failure that led to widespread looting and arson.

The blackout halted subways, disabled traffic lights, and brought the curtain down on Broadway shows. Times Square’s iconic billboards went dark, and Carnegie Hall was evacuated mid-performance and the performers – the Millennial Choirs and Orchestra – continued the concert outside.

Con Edison initially said that approximately 42,000 customers were without power, mainly on the West Side. The Fire Department reported that the power failure affected the area from 72nd Street to the West 40s, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.

“Our crews are working as quickly and safely as they can to restore service,” said the power company. “Unfortunately, we do not have an estimated restoration [time] at this time.”

The city’s subways were affected by the power failure and many underground stations went dark.

“Subway service remains significantly disrupted across the system, although there is limited service on the 1/2/3 and 4/5/6 lines,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the city’s fire department said it was responding to multiple reports of people trapped in elevators and subway cars.

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