Time-lapse Photographer Captures Amazing Footage of New York City Blackout

Time-lapse Photographer Captures Amazing Footage of New York City Blackout

The recent blackout in New York City that happened on the anniversary of the infamous 1977 blackout took out a swath of the west side of Manhattan for approximately five hours. One time-lapse photographer happened to have his camera aimed at that exact spot, and his footage is absolutely fascinating.

The July 13 blackout hit at about 7 pm local time, with power failing on the west side of Manhattan, interrupting service for about 73,000 customers. Power was eventually restored around midnight. The blackout was significantly smaller than the more infamous 1977 outage, which left 9 million customers without power, but it happened to strike a fair amount of skyscrapers, making for a strange sight for those used to the twinkle of New York's skyline after sunset. New Jersey photographer and cinematographer Joseph DiGiovanna creates a time-lapse of the city every day, and he happened to catch the dark skyline coming back to life in the fascinating footage seen below:

Seeing the skyline suddenly light up reminded me of plugging in the Christmas tree when I was a kid. If you enjoyed DiGiovanna's time-lapse of the blackout, be sure to check out his Instagram to see daily time-lapses of the city.

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michaeljin's picture

"... and he happened to catch the dark skyline coming back to life"