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BREAKING: Massive Power Outage In Midtown, Other Sections Of Manhattan, Thousands Affected

BREAKING: Massive Power Outage In Midtown, Other Sections Of Manhattan, Thousands Affected

The Fire Department said the failures stretched from 72nd Street to the West 40s, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.

The failure came on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 power failure that plunged the NY skyline into darkness, triggering widespread looting and arson.

Street lights and traffic lights have been put out of action.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) advised travellers to avoid sub-surface trains, after some passengers were stranded below ground for over an hour. "More information to come", it posted on Twitter. "That's what we noticed first", she said. "We will provide updates as we receive them".

Officials with Con Edison later tweeted that they were working to restore electricity to customers and businesses primarily on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

"From what we're seeing at this moment, this is simply a mechanical problem and one, again, that sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable period of time", de Blasio said.

"40K without power is Armageddon", he wrote on Twitter.

Most Broadway shows were cancelled Saturday night, but in true NY style, some of the performers exited the theaters and sang in the streets for disappointed ticket-holders. Carnegie Hall was evacuated mid-show and the singers continued their performance outside. Several cast members from the show put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.

The "Love Don't Cost a Thing" singer also thanked the Madison Square Garden venue staff.

Photos on social media showed traffic lights and train stations blacked out, including at Times square.

'We were stuck for about 75 minutes, ' said the 57-year-old consultant.

Police officers waved people out of the Columbus Circle subway station around 7:30 p.m.

New Yorkers said firefighters and cops were everywhere throughout the city.

Shouts of celebration could be heard in parts of Manhattan as power was restored, bringing lights and air conditioners back to life.

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