Widespread Manhattan Power Outage Causes Broadway Cancellations and Delays

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2019

"While Con Edison works to restore power in Manhattan, we encourage everyone to avoid below-ground subway stations", New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Twitter.

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

On social media, dozens of users posted photos of subway stations bathed in darkness.

Ironically, the power outage falls on the same day as the 1977 blackout that lasted 25 hours, after a bolt of lightening struck an electrical substation. We will continue to provide updates as soon as we have more information.

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.

'From what we're seeing at this moment, this is simply a mechanical problem and one, again, that sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable period of time, ' de Blasio said.

A Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden was halted and disappointed fans had to be evacuated. Many Broadway theatres lost power in the outage, causing productions to delay their Saturday evening performances and others to cancel altogether.

Businesses have been left without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. "Hadestown" cast members also staged a street-side performance.

Images on Twitter showed darkened subway stations and inoperable traffic lights.

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

Videos are emerging online of volunteers directing traffic.

Shouts of celebration could be heard in parts of Manhattan as power was restored, bringing lights and air conditioners back to life.

Saturday's outage occurred on the 42nd anniversary of a NY blackout that crippled the city during a heat wave on July 13, 1977.

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