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35 Years Ago, New York City Blacks Out
On a muggy dog-day evening last week, a vagrant summer storm knocked out high-voltage power lines in the near New York exurbs—and within the hour returned 9 million people to the dark, heat and disquiet of a pre-electric age … And it underscored once again the fragility of urban American in the last quarter of the twentieth century—a state of dependence so total that a burst of lightning could shut down the nation’s largest city as surely and nearly as completely as a neutron bomb.
Newsweek, July, 25, 1977
Another “this day in history” for y’all.
I snapped this pic of a protester at New York’s “emergency meetup” outside Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer’s midtown offices. Then I ran home to write this story.
One of your tumblrs had quite the adventure today!