Electricity went down across Manhattan at about 7pm on Friday (12am GMT), leaving some 62,000 people in the tourist hotspot completely in the dark.
People reported being trapped in lifts with many turning on emergency power for back-up.
Many of those caught up in the blackout took to Twitter to share their take on the outage.
One said: “What an eerie sight. West side of Manhattan is in the dark due to a power outage.”
“What an eerie sight”
Another added: “I guess this is what they call a New York moment. After being trapped on the F (a subway service) for an hour because of the power outage I emerged to see dark restaurants and traffic lights.
“Civilians were directing traffic and an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert was happening in the street.”
Electricity provider Con Edison said power was gradually being restored across the city.
At the time of the blackout, it said in a statement: “We are responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan.
“We will share more information as it comes in. We are working to restore power to 42,000 customers primarily in the Westside of Manhattan.”
The blackout comes exactly 42 years to the day since the city was plunged into total darkness.
In 1977, the New York was gripped by widespread looting and rioting, with firefighters being called to 1,037 blazes.
It led to one of the largest mass arrests in the state’s history – with cops arresting 3,776 people.
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