Strange News Alert: In a 42 year coincidence, Con Edison, the power company for the Manhattan area says a transformer fire was responsible for power loss to 73,000 customers tonight. It was 42 years ago today in 1977 that the city of New York had its famous power outage. The huge outage tonight began around 7 pm NY time and power is still just coming back in places. At 9:10 pm California time, 12:10 am New York time, the ConEdison site says there are 37 different power outages in Manhattan still with now only 1,322 customers still having problems.
“CBS2 began to hear reports that that all restaurants had gone dark in Hell’s Kitchen around 7 p.m. Saturday evening – 42 years to the day after the famous 1977 blackout in New York City.“
The cause for the reported transformer fire has not been revealed.
At the outage map on the Con Edison site, if you zoom in to see a white triangle (single outage) you can click that and see details. All of the outages I saw said the cause is pending investigation.
Science fiction fans may recall that 42 happens to be the answer to the ultimate question, the meaning of life, the universe, and everything in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, the first weekly radio show of which aired in 1978.