Power Fully Restored Following Widespread Outage in New York

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New York City

While power was resumed to most customers before midnight, the remaining have now been serviced.

Authorities say a transformer fire caused a power outage Saturday in Manhattan and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. While Con Edison restored electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers primarily on Manhattan's Upper West Side just before midnight, the remaining 10,000 customers had their power restored around 2 a.m. on the East Coast.

"All customers are back in service, we will focus on investigating the cause of the equipment failures and on getting the electrical-delivery system back to its normal level of reliability," the energy company tweeted.

The power went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center and reached the Upper West Side. NBC Universal editor Lydia Robertson tweeted, "Blackout at Rockefeller Center, NBC! We are running on generators!"

A diner on Broadway at West 69th Street lost its lights, as did other surrounding businesses.

The AMC Lincoln Square 13 movie theater on the Upper West Side had its entire Cineplex evacuated.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tweeted that there were outages at various underground stations. 

Con Edison said in a tweet that 42,000 customers on Manhattan's Westside were left without power.

According to the New York City Fire Department, which addressed a large volume of calls during the blackout, the loss of power was from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River, and from 72nd Street to the West 40s. It also confirmed that the outage was initiated by a transformer fire that started at West 64th Street and West End Avenue.

Many theater productions, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Frozen, Moulin Rouge and The Lion King, were cancelled due to the power outage and others were delayed. Broadway World gave regular updates on the programming schedule, along with alerts from Broadway League.  

Several castmembers from the Broadway musical Hadestown put on an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members. 

Those attending a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden tweeted that the blackout had occurred inside the arena and it was being evacuated amid safety concerns. The venue tweeted that because the show was forced to end early, it will follow up with ticket holders.  

With the power out in Times Square, people took pictures of empty billboards.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed a state agency to conduct an investigation into the blackout, saying in a statement that although no injuries were reported, "the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable." The Department of Public Services will investigate the blackout. 

During the outage, which came on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power, local residents and businesses took to social media to share their concern and update the situation.

July 13, 11:10 p.m.: Updated to reflect full restoration of power.