A large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods are seen in darkness from above during a major power outage on July 13, 2019 in New York City. Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP
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A power outage crippled the tourist-filled heart of Manhattan just as Saturday night Broadway shows were set to go on, sending theater-goers spilling into the streets, knocking out Times Square's towering electronic screens and bringing subway lines to a near halt.The New York City Fire Department said a transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue affected hundreds of thousands of customers along a 30-block stretch from Times Square to about 72nd Street and Broadway.Power went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center, reaching the Upper West Side and knocking out traffic lights.The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.The outage also hit Madison Square Garden, where Jennifer Lopez was performing Saturday night.
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