It’s about damn time!
After five days of no electricity or hot water, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have been waiting for this moment.
According to The Daily Mail:
Jubilant New Yorkers took to the streets tonight as Con Ed began restoring power to lower Manhattan after repairing the East 14th Street subway station that exploded when Sandy hit on Monday night.
Electricity began coming on to more than 65,000 customers in parts of the East Village, SoHo and the Lower East Side at around 6pm while thousands of residents in Chelsea and the so-called Madison Network were able to switch on their lights again about an hour later.
People took to the streets cheering on Prince and Lafayette in Nolita as the lights finally flickered again after days of darkness.
Power was restored north to south between Canal Street and Broadway, and East to West between the East River and 14th street.
At 6pm the Chelsea network went back up between the Hudson River and Fifth Avenue, and 31st Street on north and 15th street.
The news comes as a huge relief to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been without power since Monday night.
Many of them had left the so-called Dark Zone below 39th street but there are still tens of thousands of people living in increasingly difficult conditions.
Con Edison let customers know the good news with a flurry of proud tweets on Friday evening.
Starting with the restoration of power for 65,000 in the East Village and the Lower East Side at around 5.45pm, the company then boasted at about 6.45pm: #ConEdison just restored power to 25,000 customers in the #Chelsea network.
At around 7pm, Con Edison tweeted that another 8,000 customers in the #City Hall network were back on the grid – from Broadway to the East River and Canal Street to Frankfort.
This announcement quickly followed with the news that over 30,000 homes stretching from 31st to 14th Streets and Fifth Avenue to the East River were restored.
But Manhattan wasn’t the only borough the electricity company was concentrating on.
As the announcements were coming thick and fast on the island, Con Edison tweeted just before 7pm that more than 122,000 Brooklyn residents had electricity back up and running and more than 39,000 customers were rejoicing as they switched on their lights in the Bronx.
An additional 29,000 households in Queens were also powered up again before 7pm and 85,000 in devastated Staten Island, for the first time since the Superstorm savaged New York.
The electricity company said things should be back to normal for most residents in these areas though it couldn’t guarantee that individual customers’ equipment had not been damaged in the storm, which would delay their return to power.
There’s still a lot to take on but at least folks can feel a little less helpless now.
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