New York Power Outage Impacts Broadway, Rockefeller Center and Madison Square Garden

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West 43rd street is seen during a major outage leaves portions of Manhattan, including Times Square and the Upper West Side in the dark and disrupting subway service on July 13, 2019 in New York City. 

Power reportedly went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side.

Authorities say a widespread power shortage in Manhattan has left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

Power reportedly went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side. NBC Universal editor Lydia Robertson tweeted, "Blackout at Rockefeller Center, NBC! We are running on generators!"

A diner on Broadway at West 69th Street lost its lights, as did other surrounding businesses.

The AMC Lincoln Square 13 movie theater on the Upper West Side had its entire Cineplex evacuated.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted that there were outages at various underground stations. The MTA is working with Con Edison to determine the cause.

Con Edison did not immediately respond to phone messages from The Associated Press, though they tweeted that 42,000 customers in the Westside of Manhattan are currently without power.

According to the New York City Fire Department, currently addressing a large volume of calls, the loss of power is from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River, and from the West 40s to 72nd Street. They said that the outage was initiated by a transformer fire that started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue.

Many theater productions, such as Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildFrozenMoulin Rouge and The Lion King, have been canceled due to the power outage and others are delayed. Broadway World is giving regular updates on the programming schedule. 

Several cast members from canceled Broadway musical Hadestown put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members. 

Those attending a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden tweeted that the blackout had occurred inside the arena and it was being evacuated amid safety concerns.  

With the power out in Times Square, people took pictures of empty billboards.

New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed a state agency to conduct an investigation into the blackout, saying in a statement that although no injuries have been reported "the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable." The Department of Public Services will investigate the blackout. According to officials at Con Edison, it should be resolved by midnight.

During the outage, which comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power, local residents and businesses took to social media to share their concern and update the situation.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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