And There Was Light! Power Returns to Most of the East Village

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After almost four days of darkness, power was restored to about 67,000 people in the East Village and Lower East Side at just after 5 p.m. today, according to Con Edison. The power company sent out a tweet announcing, “Area restored begins at Canal St, stretches as far north as 14/15th and reaches west to Broadway and east to the East River.”

Twitter has been alight with locals celebrating the good news. “Just saw some neighbors from the higher floors dancing in the lobby after not leaving their apts since Mon. Thank you, #coned #eastvillage,” wrote @ZiaJD. And @mslima tweeted, “We have power!! East Village and Lower East Side have light[sic] up like a Xmas tree.”

Those near Tompkins Square Park cheered when the lights went back on, according to DNA Info.

But some are still waiting for power, or have reported power but no Internet access. Bradley Davis, an editor with Dow Jones – The Wall Street Journal, tweeted, “Despite good electric news: Super says 4 bldgs on 7St/Av C without power (incl mine). Says doesn’t know why; he’s calling #ConEd, bldg owner.” And another Avenue C resident, @p2therice, wrote, “Welllllll, just heard from our super. We do not have power. Basement took a beating with that storm and drowned the electricity.” The resident was told it would be another 24 hours before power is restored.

Power to the remainder of lower Manhattan should be restored by tomorrow night, according to Con Ed.