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Con Edison Restores Power to New York City Neighborhoods

Consolidated Edison Inc. has restored power to 94,000 customers in New York City and expects the rest of Manhattan to have electricity by tomorrow night.

The area of restoration includes the East Village, Chelsea and the Flatiron, Alfonso Quiroz, a spokesman for the New York-based utility, said in a phone interview today. Power has been restored from Broadway to the East River between Canal and 14th streets and, on the west side, from 5th Avenue to the Hudson between 14th and 31st streets.

Power was returned to 67,000 customers in New York City’s East Village, and to 27,000 in the Chelsea, West Chelsea and FlatIron neighborhoods, Quiroz said.

Con Edison will bring two more underground power networks online today that supply homes and businesses south of the Brooklyn Bridge, Mike Clendenin, a spokesman for the New York-based utility, said earlier in a phone interview.

Earlier today, electricity was out for about 220,000 customers in Manhattan. About 3.5 million customers are without power in the region after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29, according to the Energy Department. Some utilities are saying full restoration may take as long as two weeks.

Blackouts in Manhattan may linger for about 130 buildings mostly along the East River that suffered major flooding because of damage to customer equipment, John Miksad, Con Edison’s senior vice president for electric operations, said on a conference call yesterday.

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