SLUG: 2-306531 New York Blackout Update (L)
TITLE=N-Y BLACKOUT UPDATE (L)
INTRO: The New York Stock Exchange opened Friday, thanks to a back up power system. But little else ran on schedule after a massive power outage shut down New York City along with seven other states and parts of Canada. From V-O-A's New York Bureau, correspondent Barbara Schoetzau reports New York is slowly recovering power.
TEXT: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg rang the bell that traditionally opens the stock exchange. Neon lights flashed on parts of Times Squares and water and electricity worked in some neighborhoods.
But much of the midtown Manhattan business district and many residential neighborhoods remained without lights or water.
The city is eerily quiet with little traffic and no subways. A few commuter railroads are running and crowded buses are transporting people. Hundreds of people are traveling by bicycle and taxi drivers are among the most popular people in the city along with anyone who may have a cold drink or ice cream. Traffic lights are still out.
New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden is giving tips on how to keep cool.
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There are a few things to do. Open windows. Let in the breeze. Drink lots of liquids. Wear light clothing. Decrease physical activity. Take it easy.
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But signs of normalcy are appearing. The New York Mets baseball team says Friday evening's game will go on and Lincoln Center, New York's large performing arts complex, is holding all scheduled performances. Wireless telephones are also starting to work, but most television stations cannot get on the air in the city. The failure of most means of communication is one of the biggest issues the power outage has raised.
As power slowly returns, New York Governor George Pataki is asking people to conserve energy as much as possible.
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Every ounce of energy you can save by turning off lights, by not using the air conditioner, by not using appliances is going to help bring back normality to the people of New York that much quicker.
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New York Mayor Bloomberg says once the power returns it will take another eight hours to get the subways working again.
Officials remain stymied about the cause of a power failure so massive that at one point on Thursday some 50 million people were without power. (Signed)
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