The city’s fire department responded to numerous transformer fires, the first of which occurred in Manhattan on West 64th Street and West End Avenue. Widespread power outages canceled shows and sent tens of thousands of people onto darkened streets. The power outage sent people into intersections to direct traffic. It also temporarily trapped people on trains and in elevators.The New York City subway was reportedly frozen too. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was returning to the city after a presidential campaign stop in Iowa, said it appears the outage was the result of a mechanical problem in the electrical grid. ConEd CEO John McAvoy said the company is working to understand the cause of the outage and needs to do a full engineering analysis.
Power was starting to come back to parts of New York as ConEdison restored electrical service on the west side of Manhattan. “Subway service remains significantly disrupted across the system, although there is limited service on the 1/2/3 and 4/5/6 lines,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted. There were no reports of injuries. The outages come 42 years to the day of an extensive blackout that affected much of the city.