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Major power outage hits NYC: Terrifying images emerge of thousands stuck in pitch black subways and elevators, as Broadway shows are canceled and the music stops on J.Lo at Madison Sq Gardens concert

Large parts of Times Square were without power and many of the enormous billboards were black following the outages

  • Power outages were reported across swathes of Manhattan Saturday evening, including the Upper West Side
  • Street lights and subway stations were without power, leaving some terrified riders trapped in elevators
  • The New York City Fire Department said the cause was a transformer fire which started at West 64th Street
  • Most Broadway shows were cancelled, but casts of some shows sang in the streets for ticket-holders
  • A Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden was halted and disappointed fans had to be evacuated
  • Con Ed said on Twitter at around 11pm it is hoping to have power restored to 'everyone' by midnight
  • Outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power
A large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods are seen in darkness from above

Terrified New Yorkers and tourists were trapped in elevators and on subway trains, Broadway shows were canceled and a J.Lo concert was halted following power outages across a large swathe of Manhattan Saturday evening.

The blackout was reported in Midtown, Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen, and other parts of Upper Manhattan, with subway stations affected and street lights out.

The New York City Fire Department said the cause of the outages, which left more than 73,000 Con Edison customers without power, was a transformer fire which started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue on the Upper West Side. 

No deaths or injuries were reported due to the blackout, which officials said began at 6.47pm and darkened a stretch of the city from West 42nd Street to West 72nd Street, 42 years to the day from a major 1970s blackout that sparked rioting and looting. 

The screens in Times Square in New York have gone black following the power outages but it did not stop people taking photographs of the iconic sight
People are seen sitting waiting at the East River Ferry Dock while trying to find an alternative route home on Saturday night
Subway riders have been taking to Twitter to share pictures of darkened stations during the blackout
Subway riders have been taking to Twitter to share pictures of darkened stations during the blackout
People are seen waiting inside Columbus Circle subway station following the widespread blackouts in New York on Saturday
Customers are seen in a dark restaurant with on candles on their tables
Customers are seen in a dark restaurant with on candles on their tables
A subway station is in the dark during the outages. People reportedly used the flashlights on their phones to guide their way
An area leading to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station is dimly lit during the power outage
Stairs leading down to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station are pictured abandoned and dark during the blackout
Residential and commercial buildings are seen in darkness during the outages in New York City on Saturday night
Jennifer Lopez shared a video on her Instagram apologizing after her show had to be canceled due to the power outages
Jennifer Lopez is seen before the show was cancelled
Jennifer Lopez is seen after the power went out
J.Lo's dancers are seen on stage moments before Madison Square Garden went dark when the power outages hit
The outage extended from Fifth Avenue west to the Hudson River, and from the west 40s north to 72nd Street

Commuters use their phones as flashlights during the outages in a city that usually never sleeps and the lights never go out
A store owner in Times Square sits outside during the outage. Stores no doubt lost out on plenty of sales on a busy Saturday night
Crowds of people walk along a dark street in Midtown. Many people had to find alternative routes home due to problems with the subway system
A billboard in Times Square is seen without power on Saturday evening. It was an unusual sight for New Yorkers who are used to the bright lights
People are seen waiting in line for buses because the train service is down. One commuter said he was stuck in a subway car for more than an hour
Customers at the AMC Lincoln Square 13 movie theater are seen leaving after it lost power on Saturday night
The usually bright skyline was mostly dark and gloomy on Saturday. The cause of the outages was a transformer fire

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