Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outage

Deja vu 1977 blackout also happened on July 13

Shouts of celebration could be heard in parts of Manhattan as power was restored, bringing lights and air conditioners back to life.

Sidewalks in Times Square that are usually crowded with tourists on a balmy summer Saturday night were overflowing as at least some Broadway theaters canceled performances.

Performers of shows such as "Hadestown" and "Hamilton" took their shows outside and began performing in the streets of NY in an attempt to appease the disappointed masses.

Hearst media group producer, Derek Turner, also took to Twitter to share a picture of a man directing traffic after the street lights went out.

New Yorkers said firefighters and cops were everywhere throughout the city. New York's May event was sidelined by rain and clouds, though Friday and Saturday's sunset was presented with clear views.

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

"We are responding to extensive outages on the west side of Manhattan", said Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin told the New York Daily News.

Lights were on in the east direction of Times Square but off on the west side. There were reports of people trapped in building elevators without power.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is not in the city as he is on the campaign trail in Iowa, says he is keeping up to date on the blackouts.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted that there were outages at various underground stations.

"40K without power is Armageddon", he wrote on Twitter.

"From what we're seeing at this moment, this is simply a mechanical problem", de Blasio said.

Businesses have been left without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. "It's completely dark. People had to use the flashlights on their phones to see their way out". That outage was triggered by lightning strikes hitting two substations and came at a time where the city was already on edge by the Son of Sam serial murders.

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