NY power outage knocks out subways, businesses, lifts

Rockefeller center power outage

Several cast members from the show put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.

At dawn, the Manhattan skyline shows no lights due to a power blackout, New York, New York, July 14, 1977.

The FDNY responded to a transformer fire at W 64th Street and West End Avenue, the department announced on Twitter.

The electricity cuts come on the anniversary of a massive power failure in 1977 that plunged the NY skyline into darkness and triggered widespread looting and arson.

Street lights and traffic lights have been put out of action.

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

Some shows like Frozen were among the Broadway shows to announce it had cancelled performances.

A blackout affects buildings in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S, July 13, 2019. "I am so sorry that this happened", she said.

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"We are responding to extensive outages on the west side of Manhattan", said Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin told the New York Daily News.

The AMC Lincoln Square 13 movie theater on the Upper West Side was evacuated.

However, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted to say that a manhole fire is responsible for the outage.

Emerging from a subway station next to Central Park, Jeff O'Malley, a consultant who lives in Manhattan, said he was stuck in a subway auto for more than an hour.

'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.

Manhattan residents and visitors took to Twitter to post photos of the city without power, including eerie photos and video of pitch-black subway stations.

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

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