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No lights in big city: New York goes dark as fire causes blackout in Manhattan

A big cheer went up among Upper West Side residents when power flickered back on at about 10:30 p.m. For hours before that, doormen stood with flashlights in the darkened entrances of upscale apartment buildings along Central Park West.

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A power outage crippled the tourist-filled heart of Manhattan just as Saturday night Broadway shows were set to go on, sending theater-goers spilling into the streets, knocking out Times Square's towering electronic screens and bringing subway lines to a near halt. (AP)

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The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that although no injuries were reported "the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable." In pic: Screens in Times Square are black during a widespread power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (AP)

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The power has now been restored to hundreds of thousands of customers following the blackout after which more than 70,000 customers were left in the dark during the hour-long power outage in the Upper West Side. (AP)

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The outage also hit 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 arena was later evacuated. And at Penn Station, officials were using backup generators to keep the lights on. (AP)

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Underground, the entire subway system was affected. Maxwell Young, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said four Manhattan stations were closed to the public — at Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Center, Hudson Yards and Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street. (AP)