/Manhattan Power Outage Shuts Down Subways, Stores, and Landmarks

Manhattan Power Outage Shuts Down Subways, Stores, and Landmarks

The sun rises behind the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and One Vanderbilt 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. Con Edison said around 42,000 customers have lost power.

Con Edison said they are working to fix the problem, which 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 there are reports of people 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 the blackout in context:

Here’s what’s happening in the affected areas:

But not all the stores:

And there is a dividing line:

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