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BREAKING CurbedWire: Blackout on the Upper East Side

UPPER EAST SIDE—The lights are going out across Park Avenue. From a tipster: "My wife on 84th and Lex says power is out in the whole neighborhood. ABC7 just broke news that from the South Bronx to East 13th on the East Side is experiencing sporadic outages. My doorman says that a grid blew on the UES." [CurbedWire Inbox]

UPDATE 4:25PM: Blackout hit 375,000 homes, NBC4 reports. Affected area on the Upper East Side runs from Fifth Avenue to the FDR Drive, and from East 77th Street to East 110th Street. NY1 has it that this outage hit at 3:40pm, and adds this tantalizing tidbit: "Several hundred customers in the Bronx and Brooklyn lost power last night. Con Ed says a feeder cable caught fire, possibly due to the heat." [NY1]

UPDATE 4:35PM: As of 4:30pm, power restored to all outed areas in Manhattan, according to ConEd. Subways going to be screwed for awhile, no doubt. Whee! And another ConEd party for the ages comes to an end.

UPDATE 3:58PM: ABC7 has it that the outages are "scattered" from the South Bronx down to the Upper East Side. Subway service is affected on the 4, 5 and 6 lines and E & Z on the east side and the D train in the Bronx. [ABC7]

UPDATE 4:15PM: Office of Emergency Management confirms that transformer explosions caused at least some of the outages. Michael Bay, you self-promoting cad. [WNBC-4]

UPDATE 4:17PM: Subway update: 4, 5, 6 shut down north of 59th Street. [FOX5]

UPDATE 4:19PM: From the comments section: at 4:04pm, "power definitely just flickered in the citigroup building (53rd & lex), but was quickly restored." At 4:05pm, "power is out at 53rd and madison." Please add your reports below.

UPDATE 4:22PM: Random advice from ConEd, issued two days ago: "Did you know that running an electric fan to keep cool is only one-tenth the cost of using an air conditioner and saves a substantial amount of energy? Just be sure to leave a window open for ventilation." [ConEd]

UPDATE 4:25PM: Blackout has hit 375,000 homes, NBC4 reports. Affected area on the Upper East Side runs from Fifth Avenue to the FDR Drive, and from East 77th Street to East 110th Street. NY1 has it that this outage hit at 3:40pm, and adds this tantalizing tidbit: "Several hundred customers in the Bronx and Brooklyn lost power last night. Con Ed says a feeder cable caught fire, possibly due to the heat." [NY1]

UPDATE 4:30PM: A Curbed correspondent on the Upper East Side confirms that the lights are indeed on at East 73rd and Third Avenue.

UPDATE 4:33PM: Reports to the Curbed tipline of power restored to at least portions of the Upper East Side.

UPDATE 4:34PM: Con Ed reports at least 78,000 customers in Manhattan and 57,000 customers in the Bronx were without power this afternoon. All service in Manhattan was back as of 4:30PM, reports ABC7. [ABC7]