Power out­age dark­ens Times Square

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

NEW YORK (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties were scram­bling to re­store elec­tric­ity to Man­hat­tan fol­low­ing a power out­age that knocked out Times Square’s tow­er­ing elec­tronic screens and dark­ened mar­quees in the theater dis­trict and left busi­nesses with­out elec­tric­ity, el­e­va­tors stuck and sub­way cars stalled.

The New York City Fire De­part­ment said a trans­former fire Satur­day evening at West 64th Street and West End Av­enue af­fected more than 44,000 cus­tomers along a 30-block stretch from Times Square to about 72nd Street and Broad­way.

Of­fi­cials with Con Edi­son later tweeted that they were work­ing to re­store elec­tric­ity to cus­tomers and busi­nesses pri­mar­ily on Man­hat­tan’s Up­per West Side.

The tem­per­a­ture was warm, above 80 even as the sun set, but not as steaming as Man­hat­tan can get in July.

Power went out early Satur­day evening at much of Rockefelle­r Cen­ter and reached the Up­per West Side.At Rockefelle­r Cen­ter, traf­fic lights were out. Some build­ings in Rockefelle­r Plaza have lights, oth­ers were dark.

Many Broad­way mu­si­cals and plays can­celed their Satur­day evening shows, in­clud­ing “Hadestown,” which last month won the Tony Award for best mu­si­cal. Sev­eral cast mem­bers from the show put on an im­promptu per­for­mance in the street out­side the theater for dis­ap­pointed au­di­ence mem­bers.

Emily Totero, 30, planned to bring out-of-town guests to see “Moulin Rouge.” But once they got to the theater dis­trict, they saw the power go out.

“You could see all the theater lights across the street, all the mar­quees went out. That’s what we no­ticed first,” she said.

Some shows like “Frozen” were among the Broad­way shows to an­nounce it had can­celed per­for­mances.

When the lights went out early Satur­day evening, thou­sands of peo­ple streamed out of dark­ened Man­hat­tan build­ings, crowd­ing Broad­way next to bumper-to-bumper traf­fic.

Peo­ple in the Hell’s Kitchen neigh­bor­hood west of the theater dis­trict be­gan di­rect­ing traf­fic as stop­lights and walk­ing signs went dark.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Video screens in Times Square are black dur­ing a wide­spread power out­age on Satur­day in New York. Au­thor­i­ties say a trans­former fire caused a out­age in Man­hat­tan and left busi­nesses with­out elec­tric­ity, el­e­va­tors stuck and sub­way cars stalled.

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