In the midst of the New York shutdown, it shut down about 73,000 customers in Manhattan and Wes West Side, employees of the Con Edison utility company said. On Saturday night, it meant that many of New York's best tourist attractions were stopped.
Some of the emblematic billboards that every day would have lit up at Times Square were completely empty. People were trapped in the subway cars.
In Madison Square Garden, the lights went out just when Jennifer Lopez started his concert, the singer said.
The show could not go on and instead had to be evacuated for safety, with Lopez promising to shift the chart.
But where there was annoyance and confusion, the city assembled to make the most of it.
The citizens were in the middle of the intersections, which directed the movement to the place of the disabled. A woman, the 23-year-old Lake Escobas, spent almost an hour driving the traffic, a skill she had learned from her former policeman father.
my thoughts about car crashes, people were hitting, people screaming, she said. "So I felt like I had to try."
And since the neon plates came out on Broadway, at least one actor, the show "Come From Far," met with an audience outside for improvised performance. Nearly two dozen broadcasts were canceled due to the eclipse, according to Twitter at the Broadway League, and the cartridges would have to be returned for their tickets.
One Twitter user recorded the recorded singing from the streets below to the upper floors above, with crowds of passers-by who could not otherwise stop to enjoy the melodies. CNN's Paul P. Murphy and Steve Almasy in Atlanta and Sergio Hernandez, Laura Lee, Shawn O'Kay and Joshua Girski in New York contributed to this report.