Power outage strikes New York City, subway services affected

Deja vu 1977 blackout also happened on July 13

Of the 38,000 customers without power in NY, a lot of them were in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, utility company ConEdison said.

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

Power was out in much of Rockefeller Center.

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.

New York, citing the Con Edison power outage map, reports over 44,000 customers are without power.

"People were having fun at first when the lights went out; it was something different", said the manager on duty at the Oxbow Tavern on Columbus Avenue and 71st Street, who declined to give his name.

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"People from home were texting us, asking, 'Are you OK?'" said Dara Campbell, 40. And at Penn Station, officials were using backup generators to keep their lights on.

A major Manhattan power outage spread south to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, plunging the Jennifer Lopez concert into darkness and evacuating the venue.

The large monitors and digital screens in Times Square went dark, which immediately clued people into something being wrong.

Ginger Tidwell, a dance teacher and Upper West Side resident, was about to order at the West Side diner on Broadway and West 69th Street just before 7 p.m. "We got up and left, walking up Broadway with all the traffic lights out and businesses dark".

It said the outage extended from Fifth Avenue west to the Hudson River, and from the west 40s north to 72nd Street.

"It was still sunny and everyone just came out to the street because they lost power and air conditioning; it was super-crowded", she said.

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