Power was restored in New York early Sunday after an outage left parts of the city in darkness for hours, leaving thousands trapped in subway cars and elevators, and people guiding traffic at intersections.
The outage began Saturday night, and the lights had been back on shortly after midnight, officers mentioned. It mostly affected midtown Manhattan and parts of the Upper West Side. No injuries have been reported.
People spilled out into the streets as lights suddenly dimmed at Broadway shows and speakers fell silent at Jennifer Lopez’s concert. Even the flashing lights on the iconic Times Square went dark, leaving the area surrounded by the glow of cellphones taking photographs of the surreal scene.
Lopez stated she was dissatisfied she had to cancel her live performance on her second evening at Madison Square Garden. She rescheduled it for Monday night.
“I am devastated and heartbroken right now,” she stated. “I simply do not even know what to say. … Clearly, it was past all our control.”
When the lights flicked again on, crowds erupted into cheers in some locations.