Massive power outage in New York City

A power failure struck the West Side of Manhattan on Saturday evening, plunging subway stations into darkness, stalling trains, stranding people in elevators and for a time leaving parts of Times Square without its customary bright lights.

"We're trying to get people out of subways". But that number refers to sites; buildings and addresses and does not include the power disruption to the subways, traffic lights, and the obvious shuttering of electronic access and egress points, elevators and the like. "We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan".

The Twitter account for NY subways said the agency is working to keep trains moving and will bypass affected stations. Con Edison had not yet responded to calls for comment, but tweeted that they were responding to a "widespread power outage".

"FDNY is on scene of a transformer fire at W 64 St and West End Ave", the tweet said.

An early unconfirmed report said there was a transformer fire at 12th Ave. around W. 54th St. "Please stay tuned here for updates".

"Several stations are now without power and are being bypassed by all trains", it posted on Twitter.

The company is advising people in the affected areas switch off or unplug electrical appliances to avoid potential damage to the appliances when power is restored.

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Another user posted a photo showing a man at 66th Street and Broadway directing traffic. Apparently there's a blackout in midtown Manhattan. MSNBC is back on the air thanks to a backup generator, but most of 30 Rock is dark.

Police officers and civilians worked together to direct traffic while firetrucks and ambulances screamed down side streets.

At dawn, the Manhattan skyline shows no lights due to a power blackout, New York, New York, July 14, 1977.

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

Now, decades later, it appears a blackout has hit Manhattan.

The CBS Broadcast Center was affected and turned to generator power.

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