At its peak, the New York power outage cut electricity to about 73,000 customers in Midtown Manhattan and in the Upper West Side, officials said. utilities Con Edison. On a Saturday night, this meant stopping many of New York's tourist attractions and entertainment.
Some of the iconic billboards that lit up any other Times Square day were totally empty. People were stuck in subway cars. The main theatrical productions have been stopped.
At Madison Square Garden, the lights went out when Jennifer Lopez started her concert, said the singer.
The show could not continue and instead had to be evacuated for security reasons, with Lopez promising to reprogram.
But where there were cancellations and confusion, the city came together to make the most of it.
The citizens were in the middle of intersections directing traffic instead of disabled lighting. A woman, 23-year-old Lake Escobosa, spent almost an hour directing traffic, a skill she had learned from her former police father.
"I know how difficult it is at this juncture and I just saw in my mind car accidents that were being hit, screaming people," she said. "Then, I felt that I should have just tried it."
And by the time the illuminated signs were released on Broadway, at least one cast, that of the "Come From Away" series, met an audience outside for an impromptu performance. Nearly two dozen shows have been canceled due to the blackout, according to The Broadway League's Twitter, and customers will have to be reimbursed for their tickets.
The choir singers who were scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall also brought their music to the streets.
A Twitter user recorded vocals from the streets down to the heights, with crowds of passers-by who might otherwise not have done so, pausing to enjoy the melodies.