Power totally restored after blackout in Harlem

July 21, 2010 3:06:59 AM PDT
A hot and steamy night in Harlem left thousands of residents in the dark and without air conditioning.

A group of buildings lost power Tuesday night around 10 p.m., and Con Ed officials were able to completely fix the problem around 6 a.m. While some needed medical assistance, others are worried about their food going rotten.

Buildings all along 139th and 140th streets, between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglas boulevards lost power, leaving a huge amount of people without lights or the ability to stay cool. Many took to the streets, with some elderly residents in the back of ambulances.

"It's awful," resident Sabrina Hilton said. "We're outside. It's almost 5 a.m. It's stuff in there. Dark, losing food."

The news of power being restored was a welcome relief to hundreds of residents who did not sleep.

"People's food is starting to melt and spoil," resident Ronald Simmons said. "It's going to be a catastrophe, because it's hard enough now with the economy as it is, and now you're going to be losing food? And there's no guarantee that anybody's going to be able to recoup their money in time to feed their families."