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Manhattan power outages are crippling subway service

Manhattan power outages are crippling subway service

The outage also impacted several subway stations in the city, forcing passengers on trains at the time the power cut to be escorted through tunnels and dark stations by MTA employees. "The first thing you learn is, let's get all the facts, and then we'll assess what to do".

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning for president in Iowa, said it appears the outage was the result of a mechanical problem in the electrical grid.

The New York City transit system said it was working with Con Ed to restore power in affected subway stations.

A widespread power outage in the heart of Manhattan on Saturday shut down some of the city's subways as iconic parts of midtown, including Times Square and Rockefeller Center, went dark.

Photos circulated on social media showing the iconic sign of Radio Music Hall unlit, movie-goers evacuating from Lincoln Center's cinema and the sprawling Columbus Circle subway station without lights.

The Office of Emergency Management told PIX11 News that FDNY, NYPD, and OEM are responding to the area.

A Reuters witness in the area reported hearing an explosion at about 7 p.m. (2300 GMT), and a New York City Fire Department spokesman said firefighters were on the scene of a transformer fire.

Con Edison confirmed the blackout Saturday evening, saying 42,000 customers were without power.

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Tens of thousands of people were without power in Manhattan on Saturday evening, ConEdison said.

Con Edison did not immediately respond to phone messages, and it was not clear how far the outages reached.

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan".

Police officers and civilians worked together to direct traffic while firetrucks and ambulances screamed down side streets.

The outage was having a widespread effect on the NY subway system, which was experiencing power outages in its stations, the agency managing the trains said.

Meanwhile, in Midtown west, in a neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen, a man takes it upon himself to direct traffic.

13th July 1977: A restaurant with only liquor left after the NY blackout.