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New York City Blackout (1977)

Release Date July 13, 1977

The NYC blackout of 1977 resulted in widespread looting and arson in many of the poorest neighborhoods throughout the city and provided a generation of New York DJs with equipment. The blackout affected most of New York City on July 13–14, 1977.

Lights glow in a midtown Waterside Con Ed plant as traffic passes on East Side Drive during an NYC Power failure in the summer of 1977. (Farrell, Dan/New York Daily News)