(MANHATTAN, NYC.) #PowerOutrage Affecting West Side as a massive #Blackout left thousands in the dark for hours on Saturday #NYCblackout according to .@PIX11News as NYC suffered a blackout 42 years to the day after a power outage caused a crimewave #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.14: Editor says here’s what we know so far: A power outage is affecting a large stretch of Upper and Midtown Manhattan, including the 59th Street/Columbus Circle subway station, according to reports: Police say the outage reaches as far south as 45th Street. Traffic lights are out from 53rd Street to 59th Street: New York City suffered a blackout 42 years to the day after a power outage caused a crimewave https://t.co/DpgoRY9WaE July 14, 2019 at 05:20PM

Con Edison confirmed the blackout Saturday evening: We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan. We will share more information as it comes in. Thank you.

— Con Edison (@ConEdison) July 13, 2019

The Office of Emergency Management told PIX11 News that FDNY, NYPD, and OEM are responding to 65th Street and West End Avenue, and that a manhole explosion is reportedly the cause of the outage.

New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal also acknowledged the manhole explosion.

According to @NYPD, power outage caused by a manhole explosion on 65th Street and West End Avenue. @MTA subways affected. My staff is on the scene. Contact me here if you need assistance. @elizabethcaputo @westsiderag pic.twitter.com/k4BonyTmi2

— Linda B. Rosenthal (@LindaBRosenthal) July 13, 2019

The company’s outage map showed more than 38,000 customers are without power.

Reports of the outage were posted on social media, including photos of the station and confirmation of the apparent outages from the MTA.

Here’s more photos from the power outage in Midtown. This is 59 St/Columbus Circle. Any comment from @NYCTSubway yet? pic.twitter.com/TdjzPASXcV

— Bombay Saphfire (@bombaysaphfire) July 13, 2019

There’s a power outage at the subway station on 59th, anyone else having this problem? #MTA pic.twitter.com/j9iDIHB7OK

— Elizabeth Brennan (@ElizabethB95) July 13, 2019

We’re getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan. We’re working to identify causes and keep trains moving. More information to come.

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 13, 2019

The MTA says it’s working with Con Edison to determine the problem, with service at several stations stalled:

Update: We are working with Con Edison to determine the root cause of the ongoing power failure, which is affecting Midtown and the Upper West Side.

Several stations are currently without power and are being bypassed by all trains. Please stay tuned here for updates. pic.twitter.com/UoHv6RKVyl

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 13, 2019

NYPD officials said they are aware of the problem.

PIX11 meteorologist Jeff Berardelli spotted reaction to the apparent outages.

Major power outage in Manhattan. Subways are dark. Everyone walking. pic.twitter.com/n4eORlsz6N

— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) July 13, 2019

This is a developing story; check back for updates

#AceNewsDesk report ………………@NYCMayor Bill de Blasio will give a live update from Manhattan’s West Side Sunday just before 2 p.m., after a massive #blackout left thousands in the dark for hours Saturday #NYCblackout: PIX11 will stream the update on https://t.co/ZtbKRXJH15 — PIX11 News (@PIX11News) July 14, 2019

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