31 Oct '12, 12am

New York City Without Lights: The situation, though not exactly unprecedented, feels different

New York City Without Lights: The situation, though not exactly unprecedented, feels different

Of course the other big New York City outages--the 2003 Northeast-Midwest blackout, the 1965 failure that affected seven northeastern states and Ontario, and even the city blackout of 1977 that led to some rioting and looting--were more widespread. But they arose from problems in the power system itself and were remedied, rather promptly, when those problems were addressed. This one, though limited to the lower part of Manhattan, was the result of a sucker punch delivered from without. Maybe that's one reason why the sight of the Wall Street area with its lights out (above) seems so sobering to those of us living here. To be sure, the city and its employees have been doing a fine job of promptly fixing what can be readily fixed, while counseling patience with respect to the larger situation. Yesterday, twelve hours before the brunt of the storm reached the New Jersey coast...

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