The Beauty and Creepiness of an Unlit Manhattan

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For a third night in a row, according to ConEd's latest update, lower Manhattan will again transform into a lightless, eerie post-apocalyptic world—something fascinating and beautiful for anyone who doesn't call the complete darkness home. 

The AP and Wall Street Journal today has the full ConEd explanation of just how the lower Manhattan blackout came to be. In non-electrical engineering terms, they underestimated just how much water Sandy was bringing with it (they planned for 11-12 feet and got 14). And as of their last update (Tuesday), ConEd said that it would up to four days to get service back to those served by its underground system, (ConEd speak for most of the people living in the City and Manhattanites) giving affected New Yorkers a Saturday light at the end of this tunnel. 

But Sandy's massive, unpredictable swell has given us an opportunity to really see what life looks like in an unlit Manhattan (the photo above was given to us by Lexi Namer, who took the photograph yesterday from Brooklyn):

A beautiful view from cross the river (via Twitter user ravejk): 

The actual, Walking Dead-esque creepiness of a dark Manhattan (via Rolandopujol): 

Again, the sort of sublime beauty of the divide (via mortigitempo): 

And the reality of the blackout border (via Rolandopujol): 

Another, beautiful shot of dark Manhattan (via Liz Smalls)

Another, actual, creepy shot of a dark East Village with a creepy glowstick guy (via Twitter user designedmemory): 

And here's a video of driving through a pitch-black lower Manhattan giving us its best Sleepy Hollow: 


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