New York City Power Outage Darkens Broadway, Times Square

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.

Con Edison and New York City officials said electricity was restored to customers and businesses primarily on Manhattan’s Upper West Side just before midnight. About 72,000 customers, residents and businesses, had been without power on the city’s West Side at the height of the outage, the utility said.