August 9, 2020

Manhattan: Thousands in Midtown, Upper West Side Without Electricity

A transformer fire caused a  large-scale power outage in parts of New York City Saturday evening, knocking out traffic lights, stalling elevators and limiting subway service.

As of 9 p.m. Saturday, Con Edison reported that more than 45,000 customers were without power in an area that included Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side. The New York Fire Department said the outages impacted 71st Street south to 42 Street and east from the West Side Highway to 5th Avenue.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted Saturday evening that signals on the A, C, D, E, F, and M subway lines were affected and four stations were closed to the public due to lack of power: 59th St-Columbus Circle, 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Ctr, 34th St-Hudson Yards, and 5th Av/53rd St.

The agency added that service was limited on the Seventh Avenue and Lexington Avenue lines as well as the 7 line between Manhattan and Queens.

“However, *our entire system is affected* by the Con Edison outage,” the agency tweeted shortly after 9 p.m. “In Manhattan, the bus is your best bet.”

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted that Con Edison had reported a “major disturbance” at a substation on West 49th Street. The New York City Fire Department said the fire started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue but did not say if that was the source of the outage.

ConEd spokesman Sidney Alvarez told Fox News that the utility experienced an “equipment failure at one of its substations, but wasn’t sure of the specific location.

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