Parts of midtown Manhattan were slowed to a crawl as a widespread power outage affecteda busy swath of New York City.
Some of the city's typically most bustling neighborhoods—including sections of the theaterdistrict, Times Square, and the Upper West Side—were left without power, and a number ofsubway lines were forced to either skip stations or halt operations.
Con Edison, the city's power supplier, said on Twitter it was responding to the situation, although for many residents and tourists trapped in the darkness, it was not responding quicklyenough.
As of late Saturday evening, the company's live outage map indicated some 724 outages, affecting more than 45,000 customers and growing.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the outages were believed to be the result of a manhole fireearlier today. In an interview with CNN, he was quick to shoot down speculation that thedisruption was due to terrorism or another nefarious act.
紐約市長Bill de Blasio說此次停電是當天早些時候一處檢修井起火所致，接受CNN采訪時他立刻否定了這次停電涉及恐怖主義或犯罪活動的猜測。
Pictures and videos on social media showed befuddled crowds snaking along dark Manhattansidewalks as the hashtag #blackout trended on Twitter.
The blackout also affected a number of Broadway shows, with some theaters delaying theirproductions and halting admission, according to the Broadway League. Some casts later took itupon themselves to perform songs for fans outside the theaters.
Ironically, the incident took place on the anniversary of the famous New York City blackout of1977, as many Twitter observers pointed out.