Photo Feature From a Crippled City

SCENES FROM NEW YORK POWER DISASTER

Capital of U.S. Advertising Industry Goes Dark

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- As the sun rose over the capital of the U.S. advertising and marketing industry this morning, it outlined a completely lightless Manhattan. Here, the Upper West Side skyline is seen. All power was lost as part of the massive Northeast power outage that began just after 4 p.m. Thursday.
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Times Square, the Great White Way, whose gaudy light displays illuminate the spirit as well as the physical heart of the national advertising community, became a canyon of gloom when all power was cut Thursday. After night fell, pedestrians bumped into each other when they were unable to see in front of themselves along pitch-black sidewalks.
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As traffic signal systems all over New York failed just as the late-afternoon rush hour began, the entire city became ensnarled in gridlock. Shown here is just one small section of crosstown traffic in Midtown Manhattan.
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Suddenly trapped in a city where all subway systems were dead and all other train and bus stations closed and evacuated, ad agency, marketing and media personnel joined the dense throngs of New Yorkers seeking an alternative means of exit. Here, pedestrians flood onto the 59th Street Bridge trekking toward Queens. Among them was Andy Berlin, co-CEO of WPP Group's Berlin Cameron/Red Cell. For many, the trip home took as long as five and six hours.
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Large numbers of workers gave up the quest to find a way off the island of Manhattan, instead, bedding down in public places. Here, commuters sleep on the steps of the New York Post Office at 33rd Street and Eighth Avenue.
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While restaurants throughout the city had no power last evening, many served heavy crowds of local residents and stranded office commuters with food that was still cold in refrigerators that no longer worked. In many Midtown locations, either patrons or restaurant managers used auto headlights to illuminate eating areas.
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