Widespread Manhattan Power Outage Causes Broadway Cancellations and Delays

Nellie Chapman
July 14, 2019

NYPD officials have asked units from other boroughs to respond.

A woman snaps a photo of the power outage at the 7th Avenue subway station.

The outage occurred on the 42nd anniversary of a NY blackout that crippled almost the entire city during a heat wave on July 13, 1977.

Between Midtown and the Upper West Side - including much of New York City's bustling theatre district - dozens of shows and plays were forced to cancel and evacuate their buildings.

The outage was reported on Manhattan's west side, and it affected subway stations, movie theaters, and stores, the New York Post reported.

Subway service was also "significantly disrupted", the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted. De Blasio did not indicate where the fire occurred or if anyone was injured.

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

New York City Power Outage Leaves 38000 Without Electricity
Screens in Times Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in NY . "Disruption is significant. The blackout stopped subway service, halted Broadway shows, disabled traffic lights and may have trapped people in elevators.

"We expect this to be a very short-term situation" NY state Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN. "It's equipment issues, and we are working to restore customers".

Even parts of New York's famed Times Square billboards have gone dark.

Saturday also marked the second night of Manhattanhenge, an event where the rising and setting sun aligns perfectly with the city's street grid.

One New Yorker claimed "the world was ending". Manhattanhenge began at 8:20 p.m. local time.

The outage also saw some Broadway shows cancel their Saturday evening performances, including Best Musical Tony victor Hadestown and King Kong.

The blackout comes on the 42nd anniversary of the New York City Blackout of 1977, where most of the city completely lost power for 25 hours.

Another Twitter user complained that she "came all the way from Philadelphia" to see the comedian Dave Chappelle perform standup on Broadway "but thanks to the #blackout show was canceled".

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