What You Need to Know About New York City's Blackout

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The questions raised by the blackout weren't just about the power, they were political as well as de Blasio was criticized for being on the presidential campaign trail when the outage happened.

Appropriate about three weeks ago, I did a share headlined: "Will You Continue to exist the Coming Blackout?" CNBC reported more than 400 elevators stopped working, several subway stations were forced to close, and Broadway shows were cancelled.

NY has endured large-scale blackouts before, most recently following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 as well as the widespread 2003 blackout across the USA north-east that left most of the city without power for a day.

ConEd, already in hot water because of other mechanical breakdowns in recent years, now faces renewed calls to overhaul its network.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity should investigate the work being done by Con Edison to maintain and upgrade the city's power grid.

"The power is out in NYC and at MSG".

Apt said some cities especially prone to longer power outages, for example those in hurricanes zones, decide to have power backup for services like ATMs.

"Every city has to make an assessment about whether emergency preparedness requires backup, and things aren't ideal", Apt said.

The show must go on in NY, even if parts of Manhattan have lost power, forcing the evacuation of Broadway theaters and sending tens of thousands of people onto darkened streets. "The show must go on, right?!" wrote Twitter user Michael Mahany.

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"I emerged to see dark restaurants & traffic lights, civilians directing traffic, & an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert happening in the street".

A Reuters witness in the area reported hearing an explosion around 7pm (2300 GMT), and a city Fire Department spokesman said that firefighters were on the scene of a transformer fire.

Karen Janowsky, a vendor selling rain gear at a street fair in Rockefeller Center, said her setup equipment was stolen while she went to her auto to pack her ponchos. "So, for whatever reason, we're going to get into exactly why".

"I was alone and I couldn't get to everything, so they stole my stuff", she said. "When the lights went out, I was one minute from getting my auto in the garage".

Meanwhile, at Friday night's Madison Square Garden gig, Lopez gave World Cup winning-soccer star Lloyd a birthday lap dance.

"It was scary", she said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the outage caused "extensive delays on many subway lines".

"People from home were texting us, asking, 'Are you OK?'" said Dara Campbell, 40.

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