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NY power outage knocks out subways, businesses, lifts

NY power outage knocks out subways, businesses, lifts

People have shared eerie scenes in NY after a major power outage left people stuck in elevators and subways stalled.

The cause of the outage was unclear, McAvoy said, adding "it does not appear related to excessive load".

But once they got to West 72nd Street, they found another diner that was open and had power.

The Con Ed power outage map, which showed more than 45,400 customers were without power, indicated the outage stretched from the far west side to Fifth Avenue.

Power was out in much of Rockefeller Center.

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan", the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Twitter. "I am so sorry that this happened", she said. We will share more information as it comes in. "Our crews are working as quickly and safely as they can to restore service".

"From what we're seeing at this moment, this is simply a mechanical problem", de Blasio said.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson wrote on Twitter that the ConEd substation on the West Side had a "major disturbance" and that the utility was working on fixing it. Many Broadway theatres lost power in the outage, causing productions to delay their Saturday evening performances and others to cancel altogether.

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A Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden was halted and disappointed fans had to be evacuated.

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.

"We were stuck for about 75 minutes", said O'Malley, 57.

Police officers waved people out of the Columbus Circle subway station around 7:30 p.m.

Videos are emerging online of volunteers directing traffic.

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

While trains are still running despite the outage, the stations without power are being bypassed by trains until power is restored.