Times Square’s billboards are seen black after a power outage hit Manhattan in New York City on July 13, 2019.
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A blackout hit Manhattan on Saturday night, leaving large swaths of the city in darkness. Power outages were reported in much of midtown Manhattan and in parts of the Upper West Side around 7 p.m. As many as 44,000 Con Edison customers appear to have lost power.
Just after 10 p.m., City Council Speaker Corey Johnson — who has been live-tweeting updates throughout the blackout — announced that Con Edison told him they had restored service to two of the six sections of power that were knocked out, and the remaining four would be restored by midnight.
The partial blackout shut down several subway lines and left some people stuck in dark subway stations. Stores were forced to shut down, many landmarks went dark, and people got stuck in elevators. Weirdly, today is the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 power outage, which affected most of the city. Thankfully, the current blackout appears much smaller. Here are some views to put Saturday’s outage in perspective:
Here’s what’s been happening in the affected areas:
But some New Yorkers had the courage to help out:
But not all the stores:
And there is a dividing line:
And even outside the blackout zone, shows were cancelled:
Vulture has been rounding up the performances here.
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