Thousands lose power, Broadway theaters close due to ‘mechanical issue’
July 13 (UPI) — Tens of thousands of customers lost electricity in Midtown Manhattan and Broadway theaters canceled performances Saturday night due to a “mechanical issue.”
“The blackout is between W 42nd St and 72nd St, from the Hudson River to as far as 5th Ave. NYPD has confirmed that there’s no foul play. This was a mechanical issue. NYPD & FDNY are currently responding to people with the most urgent needs, especially those stuck in elevators,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter from Iowa where he was campaigning for president.
The New York Post, which published photos of some of Times Square’s darkened video screens, reported a manhole fire was to blame for the outages, which happened on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City blackout.
“We are working to restore power to 42,000 customers primarily in the Westside of Manhattan. We will provide updates as we receive them. Thank you,” power company Con Edison tweeted at about 8 p.m. EST, roughly an hour after the lights went out.
The population of New York City is estimated at 8.5 million.
Landmarks like the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie and Radio City Music Hall all lost power Saturday night.
Playbill.com said performances were canceled for most Broadway shows, including Aladdin, Ain’t Too Proud, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hadestown, Hamilton, The Lion King and Mean Girls.
Jennifer Lopez was scheduled to perform a show at Madison Square Garden but the concert was canceled.