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.