Manhattan, Upper West Side Suffer Widespread Blackouts

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2019

"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 tweeted. Photos of darkened subway stations were being shared on social media.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning for president in Iowa, said it appears the outage was the result of a mechanical problem in the electrical grid. The MTA is working with Con Edison to determine the cause.

Power reportedly went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side. NYPD and @FDNY are continuing to respond to calls in the area, thank you for your patience.

"Members are responding to reports of numerous stuck elevators that are occupied", the tweet said.

The Fire Department of NY said it was responding to multiple calls of people stuck in elevators.

Tens of thousands of people are without power in Manhattan after a major outage.

Power company ConEdison confirmed the blackout: "We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan".

CBS2's Alice Gainer was at one of the subway stations in Midtown where power has completely gone out.

While trains are still running despite the outage, the stations without power are being bypassed by trains until power is restored.

Coincidentally, Saturday's power outage struck on the 41st anniversary of the 1977 blackout, which lasted until July 14.

By 9 p.m., transit officials were cautioning people to avoid underground stations. Another bystander was directing traffic on Columbus and 65th Street and she "decided to help him".

Meanwhile, in Midtown west, in a neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen, a man takes it upon himself to direct traffic.

The failure came on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 power failure that plunged the NY skyline into darkness, triggering widespread looting and arson.

Screens in Time Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in the Manhattan borough of NY.

The CBS Broadcast Center was affected and turned to generator power.

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