No lights, big city: Power outage KOs Broadway, Times Square

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

Outages were reported as early as 7 Midtown and Upper West Side.

The New York City Fire Department said the cause of the outages, which have left more than 45,000 Con Edison customers without power, was a transformer fire which started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue.

Authorities told The Associated Press the blackout was caused by a transformer fire.

Times Square's billboards are seen black after a power outage hit Manhattan in New York City.

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

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted that there were outages at various underground stations.

The New York City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, said on Twitter that there had been a "major disturbance" at Con Edison's 49th Street substation, and that the utility was working to fix it.

ConEd said on Twitter: 'We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan. We will continue to provide updates as soon as we have more information. "It sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable amount of time".

The cuts are affecting the Upper West Side of Manhattan between 40th and 72nd Streets between Fifth Avenue and the Hudson River, an area which includes the Broadway theatre district. Carnegie Hall was evacuated mid-show and the singers continued their performance outside.

Performers of shows such as "Hadestown" and "Hamilton" took their shows outside and began performing in the streets of NY in an attempt to appease the disappointed masses. The singer was 30 minutes into her concert at Madison Square Garden when the venue house lights came on.

On the street side, a number of traffic lights were out - leaving some residents to direct busy intersections - and several metro stations were dark.

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