The Great New York City Blackout of 2019

One thing I did not anticipate doing when I got to New York was getting into the middle of a major national news event, but I’ll be darned if that isn’t exactly what happened as a power plant blew up and a large portion of New York City was plunged into darkness.

We were on a bus when this happened and given that all we had to contend with was standstill traffic compared to the poor folks who were trapped on the Subways, I’d say we got out lucky.

Still, we had to brave the streets of New York for hours without power. We couldn’t return to our hotel room as our room was on the 41st floor and elevators have the design flaw of running on electricity and, given that it was 90 degrees and humid in the city, it probably wouldn’t have been comfortable.

Times Square was largely dark.
We’re all gonna die.
This is how zombie movies start.
Fortunately, it was only a short walk to a zone that actually had working generators and we chilled out in a Dave and Busters until the power came back on… signified by the air conditioners kicking back in and a cheer from the staff.
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Written by Jason Gaston

Father, teacher, writer, photographer, artist, actor, male model, and inventor of the semicolon.

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