'Devastated and heartbroken': NYC power outage cancels Broadway shows, Jennifer Lopez concert

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'Members are responding to reports of numerous stuck elevators that are occupied, but there are now no patients reported, ' the department said on Twitter. The Fire Department said the failures stretched from 72nd Street to the West 40s, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River.

The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.

Without traffic lights, some New Yorkers stepped in to help, as captured on social media.

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan", the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Twitter. At first she thought something happened at Trump International Hotel and Tower, she said. We will continue to provide updates as soon as we have more information.

Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was campaigning in Iowa for president, said that the mayor had been briefed on the blackout and that the Office of Emergency Management was responding.

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

"40K without power is Armageddon", he wrote on Twitter. Many Broadway theatres lost power in the outage, causing productions to delay their Saturday evening performances and others to cancel altogether.

New Yorkers took Saturday's outage in stride, with passersby standing in intersections to direct traffic and a disrupted Carnegie Hall concert continuing in the street.

Casts from Come From Away, Waitress and Hadestown performed for audiences waiting to be admitted, according to Broadway World.

The electric company Con Edison said it was trying to restore power to 62,954 customers after a fire earlier broke out at a transformer on the west side of the city and caused the blackout.

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