Power Restored In Manhattan After Massive Blackout Ends Broadway Shows, JLo Concert Update

By Anita Bennett, Bruce Haring

Screens in Time Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Authorities say a transformer fire caused a power outage in Manhattan and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
Screens in Times Square were black Saturday night. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)

UPDATE:  Jennifer Lopez has rescheduled her Saturday show at Madison Square Garden, one of many stopped by the New York power blackout. It will now be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 8:00PM.

Ticketholders are advised to hold on to the original tickets and present them for seating. The original tickets will not need to be exchanged.

Meanwhile, several Broadway plays and a Carnegie Hall performance last night took to heart the adage, “The show must go on!”  Cast members took to the streets to perform for delighted crowds

Some of the street shows:

EARLIER:  A massive power outage struck New York Saturday evening, causing traffic nightmares, leaving tourists confused and sending Broadway audiences spilling into the streets.

Reports of a blackout began to surface on social media around 7 p.m. ET. Just before midnight, the city’s power company, Con Edison, announced electricity was almost fully restored. At the height of the outage, local media reports said about 70,000 customers were without power.

Photos showed major landmarks without electricity, including Rockefeller Center and Times Square, where tourists stared at the blank electronic screens.

Some Broadway productions were forced to cancel shows, and a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden abruptly ended mid-song. Dramatic video posted on Twitter showed the moment the concert went dark.

The New York Fire Department said a transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue caused blackout. Among the areas affected were the Upper West Side, Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen.

Getting around the city became a challenge after several subway stations lost power. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority posted a thread of tweets, saying service was “significantly disrupted.” At one point, the MTA urged residents “to avoid below-ground subway stations” until Con Edison could restore power.

NBC News correspondent and anchor, Kate Snow, tweeted a picture of a dark hallway at the network’s headquarters, and said staffers were forced to use backup generators to broadcast Saturday’s edition of the Nightly News.

“Here’s how we’re on TV for NBC Nightly News from 30 Rock in the midst of a blackout in parts of midtown Manhattan. Backup generators in one small studio,” she tweeted.

Hearst media group producer, Derek Turner, also took to Twitter to share a picture of a man directing traffic after the street lights went out.

“Just a civilian directing traffic at W 49th and 9th Avenue,” Turner tweeted.

Officials said there was no indication of intentional sabotage. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2019/07/massive-power-outage-cripples-parts-of-new-york-city-1202645963/