Here’s what Manhattan looked like during the big power outage

The power outage caused screens in Times Square to go dark.

New Yorkers took the blackout, which affected much of Midtown Manhattan, in stride

At around 7 p.m. on Saturday night, the lights went out in much of Midtown Manhattan.

Officials say a transformer fire likely caused the outage starting at 6:45 p.m., plunging subway stations, Broadway theaters, and businesses in the heart of New York City into darkness. Traffic signals shut off and the typically incandescent lights of Time Square and 42nd Street dimmed. At its peak, some 70,000 New Yorkers were without power, according to Con Edison.

Despite the fact that the power outage happened on a hot July day, New Yorkers seemed to mostly take things in stride: Though many Broadway shows ended up canceling their evening performances, members of those productions took to the streets to serenade passersby. Some people waded into traffic to direct cars after signals went dark. And unlike the blackout of 1977—which happened, coincidentally, 42 years ago today—the city largely remained calm.

Power is currently in the process of being restored to the affected neighborhoods (which include Midtown, Times Square, and the Upper West Side), but here’s what the scene looked like around the city as the outage began—and as the lights started to come back on.

Source: ny.curbed
Here’s what Manhattan looked like during the big power outage