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Lights out for city that never sleeps: Massive power outage knocks out New York, Times Square goes dark

first_imgLights out for city that never sleeps: Massive power outage knocks out New York, Times Square goes darkPower went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center, reaching the Upper West Side and knocking out traffic lights. The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.advertisement Associated Press New YorkJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 10:41 IST Photo: APA 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.The New York City Fire Department said a transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue affected hundreds of thousands of customers along a 30-block stretch from Times Square to about 72nd Street and Broadway.New York City is in total chaos from this blackout pic.twitter.com/v3leDmoXNk Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 14, 2019The fire started just before 7 pm Saturday, authorities said.Con Edison officials restored electricity to customers and businesses primarily on Manhattan’s Upper West Side just before midnight.The temperature was in the low 80s as the sunset, but not as steaming as Manhattan can get in July, challenging the city’s power grid.Blackout in NYC! Times Square, New York City, mostly has no power. pic.twitter.com/9lNj6W1ccI NewYorkCityKopp (@KellyrKopp) July 13, 2019Power went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center, reaching the Upper West Side and knocking out traffic lights.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.” He said the state Department of Public Service will investigate.Most Broadway musicals and plays canceled their Saturday evening shows, including “Hadestown,” which last month won the Tony Award for best musical. Several cast members from the musical “Come From Away” held an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.advertisementA power outage in New York, but it couldn’t stop the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, creating a makeshift stage right outside Carnegie Hall. #nycblackout pic.twitter.com/fPQJzvTS1t Ravi Agrawal (@RaviReports) July 14, 2019Emily Totero, 30, planned to bring out-of-town guests to see “Moulin Rouge.” But once they got to the theater district, they saw the power go out.”You could see all the theater lights across the street, all the marquees went out. That’s what we noticed first,” she said.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.What it is like if you are taking the subway in Manhattan right now.No traffic lights.People stuck in elevators.No word on what caused the Blackout in New York City.Stay Safe.#Blackout#NewYork pic.twitter.com/8hVccTP30N ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) July 14, 2019When the lights went out early Saturday evening, thousands of people streamed out of darkened Manhattan buildings, crowding Broadway next to bumper-to-bumper traffic.People in the neighborhood commonly known as Hell’s Kitchen began directing traffic themselves as stoplights and walking signs went dark.For the last 45 minutes this man has kept the intersection alive. @CoreyinNYC @BilldeBlasio this is New York pic.twitter.com/gO4BzWjDtf Gareth Smith (@GarethNYC) July 14, 2019Ginger Tidwell, a dance teacher and Upper West Side resident, was about to order at a West Side diner on Broadway and West 69th Street just before 7 p.m.”When the lights started flickering, and then were out, we got up and left, walking up Broadway with all the traffic lights out and businesses dark,” she said.But once they got to West 72nd Street, they found another diner that was open and had power.”It was still sunny and everyone just came out to the street because they lost power and air conditioning; it was super-crowded,” she said. “Everyone was hanging out on the street on a nice night. All you could hear was firetrucks up and down Broadway. All of Broadway was without traffic lights.”Karen Janowsky, a vendor selling ponchos at a street fair on Sixth Avenue in Rockefeller Center, got caught in the blackout just as she was wrapping up for the day and taking some of the goods to her car parked in a garage two blocks away on West 49th Street. That kept her from driving her car to get the tables, chairs and racks – all gone before she could rush back to get them.WE’RE BACK, BABY!!! #BLACKOUT pic.twitter.com/9KySiRQf4m Jason Mante (@jasonmante) July 14, 2019″I was alone and I couldn’t get to everything, so they stole my stuff,” she said, adding that she had no idea who the people who took her things may have been. “It was chaos, with fire engines and people packing the streets. When the lights went out, I was one minute from getting my car in the garage.”advertisementShe lost about $400 worth of setup equipment for her goods.”I’ve been stranded for the last three hours,” Janowsky. “I have another fair tomorrow, and I don’t know what I’m going to do.”READ | Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remainREAD | Lights out! Nasa shares photos of power outage in Odisha after Cyclone FaniWATCH | Power outage brings Delhi to a standstillGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow ManhattanFollow Power cutlast_img read more

India offers to link its growth with neighbour Sri Lanka

On Wednesday, Sri Lanka arrested 17 Indian fishermen for fishing in its maritime territories.The sources said both sides agreed that a meeting between the fishery ministries of the two countries should be held at the earliest. (Colombo Gazette) According to sources, discussions between Sushma Swaraj and Samarawickrama focussed on the “neighbourhood first” policy of India . “External Affairs Minister reiterated that India would like its economic growth trajectory to also lead to growth for Sri Lanka,” the sources said on Wednesday. “Discussions with the External Affairs Minister reviewed the implementation of decisions taken at the ninth India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting for furthering trade, investment and developmental linkages between India and Sri Lanka,” the sources said.India is assisting Sri Lanka in a number of development projects, including health and education. “There was agreement on creating an enabling environment for Indian industry to invest in Sri Lanka,” the sources said.It is learnt that both Sushma Swaraj and Samarawickrama agreed to encourage further momentum on projects between the two countries.“The two ministers reviewed various projects, including the Sampur power plant, rehabilitation of Palaly airfield and Kankesanthurai harbour,” the sources said. Sushma Swaraj also emphasised on the urgency of finding a permanent solution to the fishermen issue, recommended by the Joint Commission Meeting in February this year. In what can be called symbolic of its “neighbourhood first” policy, India has offered to link its growth story with southern neighbour Sri Lanka, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said this during a meeting with Sri Lankan Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama during his visit to New Delhi on July 4-5, it is reliably learnt. read more