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Blackout Darkens Broadway, but Songs Brighten Sidewalk Scenes

Nightly at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theater, Hades, the king of an industrial underworld, boasts of his “power chords and power lines” before bellowing, as the lights flash, “I conduct the Electric City!”

But on Saturday night, even the title character of “Hadestown” turned out to be powerless.

The blackout that darkened parts of Manhattan’s West Side forced the closure of all but a handful of Broadway shows — as well as movie theaters, Carnegie Hall, a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden, much of Lincoln Center and many smaller venues, stranding ticketholders and disappointing tourists who had flocked to performance venues for a Saturday night out.

“There was a line of people outside waiting, so we hate to have to not do the show for them,” Aaron Tveit, one of the stars of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” which is now in previews, said disappointedly as he left the shuttered Hirschfeld Theater. “Hopefully everyone is just safe.”

The electricity failed about an hour before curtain for most shows, meaning the casts and crew were already in place and audiences were on their way.

[The power failure trapped thousands of people in subways and dimmed Times Square.]

Some lucky patrons were treated to brief sidewalk songs while producers tried to figure out whether the lights might return in time to salvage Saturday night — generally the most lucrative night of the week for Broadway.

Outside “Hadestown,” the Tony winner André De Shields (who plays Hermes), accompanied by a horn player, serenaded the crowd with a blackout-themed riff on “Road to Hell,” the Tony-winning show’s opening number.

At “Come From Away,” the cast and the band performed a rendition of that show’s boisterous opener, “Welcome to the Rock.”

The cast of “Waitress” also seized the opportunity to sing for fans while waiting to see if the performance would be canceled (which it was).

Even some Carnegie Hall performers entertained blackout crowds.

There are currently 30 shows running on Broadway, and the Broadway League said it believed that 26 canceled their performances Saturday night. Only those located on the east side of Broadway were able to perform, including “Be More Chill” (at the Lyceum), “Beautiful” (at the Stephen Sondheim), “Beetlejuice” (at the Winter Garden) and “Burn This” (at the Hudson).

Among those canceled were all of Broadway’s biggest grossers — “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and all three Disney shows — “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Frozen.” Lincoln Center Theater canceled its two Off Broadway shows, “In the Green” and “The Rolling Stone,” and elsewhere on the campus a Mark Morris dance performance was canceled, as were a Jazz at Lincoln Center webcast and parts of Midsummer Night Swing.

At 8 p.m. at New World Stages — home to several commercial Off Broadway shows including “Jersey Boys” and “Rock of Ages” — the lobby was dark and crowds of ticketholders stood idly at the doors. Attendants, some looking as confused as showgoers, said that shows were canceled and tickets paid by credit card would be refunded. Outside, the cast of “Rock of Ages” sang for patrons.

Martine Sainvil, a spokeswoman for the Broadway League, said ticketholders should contact their point of purchase for information about refunds and exchanges.

Reporting was contributed by Niraj Chokshi, Nancy Coleman and Ali Watkins.

Manhattan Power Outage
Thousands were without electricity after a power failure.
Lights Slowly Come Back On in Manhattan After Major Power Failure

July 13, 2019

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Utility Says Power Restored In New York City After Outage Hits 73,000 Customers

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Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. Michael Owens/AP hide caption

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Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

Michael Owens/AP

Updated at 12:38 a.m. ET Sunday

New York officials and Con Edison say power has been fully restored after an outage knocked out lights on Times Square’s giant monitors, shut down subways, and stranded people in elevators along Manhattan’s West Side on Saturday evening, impacting tens of thousands in the city.

Some 73,000 customers over six networks on Con Edison’s local grid lost power just before 7 p.m. local time, the energy provider said. Con Ed confirmed in a message shortly after midnight that power had been fully restored.

Con Ed said a transformer fire in Midtown, at West 64th Street and West End Avenue, likely triggered the blackout that stretched from the West 40s to 72nd Street, and from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River.

Following the blackout, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s ordered city agencies to investigate the power failures. “They’ll work with ConEd to get to the bottom of what happened tonight and prevent another widespread outage like this,” he tweeted.

Subway cars froze, stranding commuters far from their homes. Ten local subway lines shut down at one point. Some reported spotty cellphone service with cell towers down. Traffic lights went down in major tourist hubs, forcing roads to close.

Firefighters responded to people trapped in elevators, the department said.

No injuries have been reported so far, officials said.

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hotel, Times Square, Rockefeller Center also went dark, and Broadway shows were canceled or delayed, sending some actors out to the streets to entertain passersby.

Saturday’s blackout falls on an eerie anniversary, the 1977 outage that knocked out power in most of the city for a full day. Lightning had struck power lines on the Hudson River, resulting in looting, vandalism, arson and other criminal activity.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm has knocked out power for tens of thousands more people in Louisiana. According to poweroutage.us, about 135,000 people were without power in Louisiana early Sunday morning.

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New York City Power Outage Hits 73,000

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Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. Michael Owens/AP hide caption

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Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

Michael Owens/AP

New York officials say power has been fully restored after an outage knocked out lights on Time Square’s giant monitors, shut down subways, and stranded people in pitch black elevators along Manhattan’s West Side on Saturday evening, impacting tens of thousands in the city.

Some 73,000 customers over six networks on Con Edison’s local grid lost power just before 7 p.m. local time, the energy provider said.

Con Ed said a transformer fire in Midtown, at West 64th Street and West End Avenue, likely triggered the blackout that stretched from the West 40s to 72nd Street, and from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River.

Subway cars froze, stranding commuters far from their homes. Ten local subway lines shut down at one point. Some reported spotty cell phone service with cell towers down. Traffic lights went down in major tourist hubs, forcing roads to close.

Firefighters responded to people trapped in elevators, the department said.

No injuries have been reported so far, officials said.

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hotel, Times Square, Rockefeller Center also went dark, and Broadway shows were canceled or delayed, sending some actors out to the streets to entertain passersby.

Saturday’s blackout falls on an eerie anniversary, the 1977 outage that knocked out power in most of the city for a full day. Lightning had struck power lines on the Hudson River, resulting in looting, vandalism, arson and other criminal activity.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm has knocked out power for tens of thousands more people in Louisiana. According to poweroutage.us, about 130,000 people are currently without power.

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St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson battling pancreatic cancer

Bob Gibson, who spent all 17 seasons of a Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals, is battling pancreatic cancer. 

Dick Zitzmann, Gibson’s longtime agent, confirmed the news to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday. According to Zitzmann, the 83-year-old Gibson was diagnosed a few weeks ago and has been hospitalized the past two weeks, with chemotherapy treatments expected to begin Monday. 

Following the Cardinals’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team’s Twitter account sent words of encouragement to their legendary ace.

“Get well soon, Bob. All of Cardinal Nation is behind you!” the Cardinals wrote late Saturday. 

Gibson broke in with the Cardinals in 1959 and would become one of the game’s most dominant pitchers throughout the 1960s.

He won two Cy Young Awards as well as the 1968 NL MVP award, and finished with a career ERA of just 2.91. The Cardinals won two championships during his tenure, and Gibson was named World Series MVP on both occasions. He had 3,117 career strikeouts, won 251 games and, for good measure, won the Gold Glove nine times.

Gibson retired following the 1975 season and earned Hall of Fame entry in 1981. 

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New York City power outage: Here's what we know about the widespread blackout

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Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity in Manhattan on Saturday following a massive power outage that left many businesses and thousands without electricity.

Officials said that a transformer fire triggered the power outage, which affected at least 38,000 customers. Power went out at much of Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side, according to the Associated Press.

The power outage comes 42 years to the day after The Great Blackout of 1977, which left most of New York City without electricity. Here’s what we know about Saturday’s widespread blackout:

Were injuries or damage reported?

New York authorities said there were no reports of fatalities or injuries.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has directed a state agency to conduct an investigation into the blackout. He said in a statement that although no injuries have been reported “the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable,” and the Department of Public Service will investigate the blackout.  

When will power be restored? 

Con Edison said they hope to have power “restored to all customers, hopefully, by midnight.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was in Iowa campaigning for president, said he estimated that “10,000 customers remain without power as restorations progress,” adding on Twitter that the “remaining customers are expected to see power back in the next hour.”

Corey Johnson, a New York City Council speaker, said that power is coming back in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

How did New Yorkers respond?

Several Broadway shows were canceled after the power outage, including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “The Cher Show,” according to Broadway World.

Several cast members from the show put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.

The outage made its way to Madison Square Garden where Jennifer Lopez was performing Saturday night. Attendees said the concert went dark about 9:30 p.m. in the middle of Lopez’s fourth song of the night.

The singer took to Instagram and apologized to concertgoers, saying: “I just don’t even know what to say. I just want you guys to know that you’re gonna get your money’s worth – that we are going to come back and do an amazing show for you. I am so sorry that this happened,”

‘Trains just stopped’: Power outage leaves thousands without electricity in New York City

Contributing: Elinor Aspegren, Kevin McCoy, Ed Brackett and Dalvin Brown in New York; Associated Press

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Utility Says Power Restored In New York City After Outage Hits 73,000

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Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

Michael Owens/AP

Updated at 12:38 a.m. ET on Sunday

New York officials and Con Edison say power has been fully restored after an outage knocked out lights on Times Square’s giant monitors, shut down subways, and stranded people in elevators along Manhattan’s West Side on Saturday evening, impacting tens of thousands in the city.

Some 73,000 customers over six networks on Con Edison’s local grid lost power just before 7 p.m. local time, the energy provider said. Con Ed confirmed that power had been fully restored shortly after midnight.

Con Ed said a transformer fire in Midtown, at West 64th Street and West End Avenue, likely triggered the blackout that stretched from the West 40s to 72nd Street, and from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River.

Following the blackout, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s ordered city agencies to investigate the power failures. “They’ll work with ConEd to get to the bottom of what happened tonight and prevent another widespread outage like this,” he tweeted.

Subway cars froze, stranding commuters far from their homes. Ten local subway lines shut down at one point. Some reported spotty cell phone service with cell towers down. Traffic lights went down in major tourist hubs, forcing roads to close.

Firefighters responded to people trapped in elevators, the department said.

No injuries have been reported so far, officials said.

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hotel, Times Square, Rockefeller Center also went dark, and Broadway shows were canceled or delayed, sending some actors out to the streets to entertain passersby.

Saturday’s blackout falls on an eerie anniversary, the 1977 outage that knocked out power in most of the city for a full day. Lightning had struck power lines on the Hudson River, resulting in looting, vandalism, arson and other criminal activity.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm has knocked out power for tens of thousands more people in Louisiana. According to poweroutage.us, about 130,000 people are currently without power.

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Elizabeth Warren Trends on Twitter After Announcing Intentions To Investigate Crimes Against Immigrants If Elected President

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Utility Says Power Restored In New York City After Outage Hits 73,000

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Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.

Michael Owens/AP

Updated at 12:38 a.m. ET on Sunday

New York officials and Con Edison say power has been fully restored after an outage knocked out lights on Times Square’s giant monitors, shut down subways, and stranded people in elevators along Manhattan’s West Side on Saturday evening, impacting tens of thousands in the city.

Some 73,000 customers over six networks on Con Edison’s local grid lost power just before 7 p.m. local time, the energy provider said. Con Ed confirmed that power had been fully restored shortly after midnight.

Con Ed said a transformer fire in Midtown, at West 64th Street and West End Avenue, likely triggered the blackout that stretched from the West 40s to 72nd Street, and from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River.

Following the blackout, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s ordered city agencies to investigate the power failures. “They’ll work with ConEd to get to the bottom of what happened tonight and prevent another widespread outage like this,” he tweeted.

Subway cars froze, stranding commuters far from their homes. Ten local subway lines shut down at one point. Some reported spotty cell phone service with cell towers down. Traffic lights went down in major tourist hubs, forcing roads to close.

Firefighters responded to people trapped in elevators, the department said.

No injuries have been reported so far, officials said.

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hotel, Times Square, Rockefeller Center also went dark, and Broadway shows were canceled or delayed, sending some actors out to the streets to entertain passersby.

Saturday’s blackout falls on an eerie anniversary, the 1977 outage that knocked out power in most of the city for a full day. Lightning had struck power lines on the Hudson River, resulting in looting, vandalism, arson and other criminal activity.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm has knocked out power for tens of thousands more people in Louisiana. According to poweroutage.us, about 130,000 people are currently without power.

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WWE superstar Jeff Hardy arrested in South Carolina, charged with public intoxication

Wrestling superstar Jeff Hardy, half of the WWE’s “The Hardy Boyz” tag team, was arrested by Myrtle Beach, S.C., police on Saturday and charged with public intoxication, according to a report.

Myrtle Beach Online reported that police were called to the Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations hotel for a report of an intoxicated man at approximately 11:15 a.m.

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Hardy, 41, was arrested without incident and booked into the Myrtle Beach jail. If convicted of public intoxication, Hardy could face up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

He was arrested in 2018 for a DUI charge and recently suffered a knee injury, according to a video posted in April on WWE.com.

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Hardy was featured on the show Smackdown and is also a wrestler for IMPACT! where he goes by the name Brother Nero.

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Lights Slowly Come Back On in Manhattan After Major Power Failure

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A power failure plunged a stretch of the West Side of Manhattan into darkness on Saturday night, trapping thousands of people in subways and elevators for a time, leaving drivers to fend for themselves at intersections with no traffic signals and eerily dimming the lights of a swath of Times Square.

Stores emptied out, and Broadway shows did not go on: Most theaters canceled their performances. In restaurants and bars, people drank by the light of their smartphones.

Con Edison said that the power failed at 6:47 p.m. and that 73,000 customers were in the dark for at least two hours, mainly on the West Side. The Fire Department said the failures stretched from 72nd Street to the West 40s, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Con Edison announced that six power networks had been knocked out, but that five had been restored.

One network between 32nd and 42nd Streets still remained out, the utility said, adding that it hoped power would be returned there relatively quickly.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, asked whether anything nefarious happened, said Con Edison believed that the blackout was caused by a mechanical issue. Mr. de Blasio was speaking from Iowa, where he was campaigning for president.

John McAvoy, Con Edison’s president, said at a news conference that the failures apparently stemmed from a problem at a substation, later identified as being on West 49th Street.

Mr. McAvoy said that the utility was investigating the cause, but that it did not appear to have originated from “excessive load,” often prompted by heavy use of air conditioning in the summer.

[Almost every Broadway show was canceled, but some casts serenaded patrons on the sidewalk.]

The blackout happened on the same date that a massive power failure in 1977 plunged the city into darkness. (Now as then, Times Square — usually blindingly bright with crowds strolling to theaters — was dark, and traffic signals were out.)

For several hours on Saturday night, the police asked drivers to avoid the area between West 42nd and 74th Streets, between Fifth and 12th Avenues.

At intersections, police officers and civilians worked together to direct traffic while fire trucks and ambulances screamed down side streets. Two young women posed for a selfie in the middle of 46th Street before an officer rushed over and chastised them, saying, “Ladies, this is not the time.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subways, said that “our entire system is affected” and that there was only limited service on the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 lines on the West Side; the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 lines on the East Side; and the No. 7 line between Manhattan and Queens.

Source: Con Edison

By The New York Times

The Fire Department said it had sent firefighters to a transformer blaze on West End Avenue in the West 60s, where Con Edison also has a facility. It did not say whether that fire was related to the power failure.

There was also “smoke in multiple buildings” on the West Side, the Fire Department said, and it was answering “numerous” reports of people stuck in elevators.

With signals not working, a group of men in shorts and T-shirts were directing traffic at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 47th Street. With no police officers in sight, one called out: “If you’re going to walk, walk now, people!”

Another yelled as pedestrians began to cross hesitantly: “Health and safety! Health and safety!”

Ellie Shanahan, 23, was on the A train between West 50th and 59th Streets when the train stopped unexpectedly. She waited with the other passengers for nearly 20 minutes before an M.T.A. worker announced that there was a power outage and that there would be no train service between West 59th and 163rd Streets.

Ms. Shanahan was on her way to visit her parents in Washington Heights. After evacuating the subway station, she said, she noticed police officers trying to monitor the frantic crowd at 50th Street.

She immediately got on a Citi Bike and rode it north to 125th Street.

“What was craziest to me was there was no traffic lights,” Ms. Shanahan said. “I was in shock, but people still seemed to know what to do. Everyone was being polite even though there were no lights to tell us when to go.”

As she biked north on Broadway, Ms. Shanahan noticed restaurants emptying out and long bus lines. She saw people evacuating a pitch-black movie theater on West 66th Street.

Most Broadway shows — including “Moulin Rouge,” “Hadestown,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “Aladdin” — canceled their performances.

On the sidewalks outside the theaters, the casts staged impromptu outdoor shows. Performers from “Waitress” and “Come From Away” sang versions of songs from their shows, and actors from “Hadestown” improvised a blackout-themed song of one of its songs.

Carnegie Hall announced it was canceling all performances Saturday night. At Lincoln Center, a performance from the Mark Morris Dance Group was canceled, but outside, the Midsummer Night Swing band kept going.

At the Jennifer Lopez birthday-themed extravaganza at Madison Square Garden, the outage occurred during the fourth song. The lights had been shining and the bass thumping and the opening notes of “Dinero,” Ms. Lopez’s hit Latin pop song, had sounded. A crew of dancers was onstage.

Suddenly, the lights went dark, and the speakers fell silent. The only sound was a live drum set, still playing as dancers continued their routine.

It became quickly apparent that this was not part of the act when Ms. Lopez appeared onstage to no fanfare. She made her way to a platform that extended to the middle of the floor. She appeared to be speaking, gesturing for fans to stay put. But with her microphone out, her message could not be heard.

After a while, a backup generator kicked in, and the lights came up.

Minutes later, a high-pitched siren wailed, and the audience was told to leave.

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