A Massive Blackout Hit Manhattan And New York Did Its Thing
Early Saturday evening, when Manhattan is already brimming with tourists and New Yorkers enjoying the peak of a summer weekend, a blackout hit the city.
Then, while the sun set, music began.
I guess this is what they call a New York moment. After being trapped on the F for an hour because of the power outage I emerged to see dark restaurants & traffic lights, civilians directing traffic, & an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert happening in the street. #nyc#Blackoutpic.twitter.com/3p9UWtRrel
— Briallen Hopper (@briallenhopper) July 14, 2019
The Millenial Choirs and Orchestra was scheduled to play at Carnegie Hall on Saturday. In the wake of the blackout, they continued their show and captured an audience outside of the theater.
The cast of “Waitress: A New Musical” also kept an audience’s attention, singing to passersby outside.
The “Hadestown” cast brought out a trombone and sang about the blackout, prompting people to dance on the streets.
“Rock of Ages” whipped out a classic.
And the cast of “Frozen” sang into the night.
The blackout may have had a brief moment of beauty but it wasn’t fun for everyone.
It impacted more than 40,000 customers in the city, shutting off street lights and causing major traffic. The power outage also stalled elevators and subway cars.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning for president in Iowa, said he believed a mechanical issue caused the widespread power outage.
Con Edison reported that power would be restored to most of Manhattan by midnight.
In the meantime, see what New York’s Great Summer Blackout of 2019 looked like from the streets and above.
Here is another clip! My name is Ken Richardson, and I’m a member of the Millennial Choir! You may use this clip in anyway you would like. pic.twitter.com/8B0XkVXm6w
— Ken Richardson (@kjjmbaa) July 14, 2019
upper west side in NY is currently experiencing major power outage, including the Carnegie Hall. Performers were evacuated outside of the building but they continued their performance. #blackout#NYCpic.twitter.com/pPa0iE7MOT
— PG MarlinPie @ NYC (@MarlinPie) July 14, 2019