(CNN)A city known for its bright lights went dark on Saturday night.

At its peak, the New York blackout shut off power to about 73,000 customers in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, officials with the utility company Con Edison said. On a Saturday night, that meant many of New York’s top entertainment and tourist attractions were stopped in their tracks.Seen from the air, a large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods stand coated in darkness on Saturday, July 13.Seen from the air, a large section of Manhattan's Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods stand coated in darkness on Saturday, July 13. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageSeen from the air, a large section of Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Midtown neighborhoods stand coated in darkness on Saturday, July 13.Hide Caption 1 of 18Times Square's billboards are black as people fill the street.Times Square's billboards are black as people fill the street. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageTimes Square’s billboards are black as people fill the street.Hide Caption 2 of 18People use their phones as flashlights.People use their phones as flashlights. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outagePeople use their phones as flashlights.Hide Caption 3 of 18Pedestrians looks at their cellphones in midtown Manhattan.Pedestrians looks at their cellphones in midtown Manhattan. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outagePedestrians looks at their cellphones in midtown Manhattan.Hide Caption 4 of 18Radio City Music Hall is dark during the blackout.Radio City Music Hall is dark during the blackout. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageRadio City Music Hall is dark during the blackout.Hide Caption 5 of 18An entrance to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station is dimly lit.An entrance to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station is dimly lit. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageAn entrance to the C and E trains at the 50th Street Subway Station is dimly lit.Hide Caption 6 of 18People sit inside a bar during the power outage.People sit inside a bar during the power outage. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outagePeople sit inside a bar during the power outage.Hide Caption 7 of 18Dark buildings along a dark street are seen near the Times Square area.Dark buildings along a dark street are seen near the Times Square area. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageDark buildings along a dark street are seen near the Times Square area.Hide Caption 8 of 18Con Edison workers stand around a barricaded transformer cover.Con Edison workers stand around a barricaded transformer cover. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageCon Edison workers stand around a barricaded transformer cover.Hide Caption 9 of 18People are evacuated outside Row NYC hotel.People are evacuated outside Row NYC hotel. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outagePeople are evacuated outside Row NYC hotel.Hide Caption 10 of 18A convenience shop is closed.A convenience shop is closed. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageA convenience shop is closed.Hide Caption 11 of 18A man directs traffic on 8th Avenue and West 58th Street.A man directs traffic on 8th Avenue and West 58th Street. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageA man directs traffic on 8th Avenue and West 58th Street.Hide Caption 12 of 18The Upper West Side of Manhattan is in the dark. The city's fire department was responding to numerous transformer fires, the first of which occurred in Manhattan on West 64th Street and West End Avenue, officials said.The Upper West Side of Manhattan is in the dark. The city's fire department was responding to numerous transformer fires, the first of which occurred in Manhattan on West 64th Street and West End Avenue, officials said. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageThe Upper West Side of Manhattan is in the dark. The city’s fire department was responding to numerous transformer fires, the first of which occurred in Manhattan on West 64th Street and West End Avenue, officials said.Hide Caption 13 of 18People walk along a dark street near Times Square.People walk along a dark street near Times Square. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outagePeople walk along a dark street near Times Square.Hide Caption 14 of 18A police officer directs traffic in Times Square.A police officer directs traffic in Times Square. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageA police officer directs traffic in Times Square.Hide Caption 15 of 18A view of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood shows buildings in darkness.A view of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood shows buildings in darkness. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageA view of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood shows buildings in darkness.Hide Caption 16 of 18A train sits out of service at Penn Station.A train sits out of service at Penn Station. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageA train sits out of service at Penn Station.Hide Caption 17 of 18Buildings near Columbus Circle are dark.Buildings near Columbus Circle are dark. Photos: Parts of Manhattan in the dark after power outageBuildings near Columbus Circle are dark.Hide Caption 18 of 1842B nyc power outage 071312 nyc power outage 071334 nyc power outage 071330 nyc power outage 071336 nyc power outage 071332 nyc power outage 071340 nyc power outage 071314 nyc power outage 071324 nyc power outage 071322 nyc power outage 071338 nyc power outage 071326 nyc power outage 071308 nyc power outage 071315 nyc power outage20 nyc power outage 071316 nyc power outage 071309 nyc power outage 071310 nyc power outage 0713Some of the iconic billboards that on any other day would light up Times Square were totally blank. People were trapped in subway cars. Major theater productions were brought to a halt.At Madison Square Garden, the lights went out just as Jennifer Lopez had begun her concert, the singer said.

Well #Blackout while at @JLo @TheGarden 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/EYhFvcLu85

— Victoria Bona (@vlbonaaa) July 14, 2019 The show could not go on and instead had to be evacuated for safety, with Lopez promising to reschedule. Read MoreBut where there were cancellations and confusion, the city came together to make the most of it.Citizens were in the middle of intersections directing traffic in place of disabled lights. One woman, 23-year-old Lake Escobosa, spent nearly an hour directing traffic, a skill she learned from her former police officer father.”I know how tricky it is when it comes to that intersection and I just saw in my mind car accidents people getting hit, people screaming,” she said. “So I felt like I should have just tried.”Power went out on Broadway. Here's what actors did next.Power went out on Broadway. Here's what actors did next.Power went out on Broadway. Here's what actors did next.JUST WATCHEDPower went out on Broadway. Here’s what actors did next.ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Power went out on Broadway. Here’s what actors did next. 01:00And as the neon signs went out on Broadway, at least one cast, that of the show “Come From Away,” met an audience outside for an impromptu performance. Nearly two dozen shows were canceled due to the blackout, according to The Broadway League’s Twitter, and patrons will have to be refunded for their tickets.Choir singers who were scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall also brought their music to the streets.

Now this is what turning lemons into lemonade is all about! We can hear singing from the streets below…the entire @carnegiehall choir including conductor are putting on an impromptu concert by singing outside during the blackout! #NYCBlackout #BeautifulSoundsDuringBlackout pic.twitter.com/ll5ocnGYvc

— Caryn Ross (@SuperSassyMama) July 14, 2019 One Twitter user recorded the singing projecting from the streets below to the highrises above, with crowds of passersby, who might not otherwise have been able to, stopping to enjoy the melodies.

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