Shouts of celebration could be heard in parts of Manhattan as power was restored, bringing lights and air conditioners back to life.
Some shows like "Frozen" were among the Broadway shows to announce it had canceled performances.
Performers of shows such as "Hadestown" and "Hamilton" took their shows outside and began performing in the streets of NY in an attempt to appease the disappointed masses.
Power was out in much of Rockefeller Center.
Some New York residents stepped up and started directing traffic themselves to help ensure safety.
"We expect this to be a very short-term situation" NY state Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN. There were reports of people trapped in building elevators without power.
The AMC Lincoln Square 13 movie theatre on the Upper West Side, the entire Cineplex was evacuated.
Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN said he had spoken with the police commissioner and the deputy commissioner who handles counterterrorism.
Subway riders were walked through tunnels and led to the station at Columbus Circle, an MTA source said. "It sounds like it is addressable in a reasonable amount of time".
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson wrote on Twitter that the ConEd substation on the West Side had a "major disturbance" and that the utility was working on fixing it.
Businesses have been left without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.
'We were stuck for about 75 minutes, ' said the 57-year-old consultant.
"You could see all the theater lights across the street, all the marquees went out".
Another Twitter user complained that she "came all the way from Philadelphia" to see the comedian Dave Chappelle perform standup on Broadway "but thanks to the #blackout show was canceled".