Almost iconic lights at Times Square went dark at Saturday night, July 13, after a widespread power outage crippled Midtown Manhattan. 

An announcement from the New York City Fire Department said a transformer fire in the evening at West 64th Street and West End Avenue affected more than 44,000 customers along a 30-block stretch from Times Square to about 72nd Street and Broadway.

The Associated Press, citing authorities said that the fire started just before 7 p.m.,, caused power failure at much of the Rockefeller Center, reaching the Upper West Side and knocking out traffic lights.

Power outages also paralyzed Times Square’s electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck, and subway cars stalled.

Before authorities could restore electricity to New York, the city sank into dark for hours as it did in 1997, when an outage left most of the city without power.

Now let us see how New York looked with no electricity.

Blackout in Manhattan: Broadway and Times Square Go Dark. (Twitter/Margaret Davis)
Power outage left much of Manhattan without electricity, 42 years after the Great Blackout of 1977. (Twitter Digital Son Mars)
Screens in Times Square are black during a widespread power outage, on July 13, 2019, in New York. (Michael Owens/AP Photo)
An area leading to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station is dimly lit during a power outage, on July 13, 2019, in New York. (Michael Owens/AP Photo)
Commuters use their phones as flashlights during a widespread power outage, on July 13, 2019, in New York. (Michael Owens/AP Photo)
Midtown Manhattan on a night of no power. (Thisannoyedme/Twitter)
Pedestrians cross the street near emergency response vehicles at 50th Street and 8th Avenue during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.  (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
Pedestrians cross the street near emergency response vehicles at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue during a power outage, on July 13, 2019, in New York. (Michael Owens/AP Photo)
Regular people took to the streets of New York City to help direct traffic. (Dana/Twitter)
Strange sight. (Jenelle/Twitter)
A man makes his way through a dark Times Square during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
A man makes his way through a dark Times Square during a power outage, on July 13, 2019, in New York. (Michael Owens/AP Photo)
Police officers stand at the entrance to a closed subway station during a power outage Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
Police officers stand at the entrance to a closed subway station during a power outage, on July 13, 2019, in New York. (Michael Owens/AP Photo)