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Re: 1965 Blackout


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Posted by JerryV on Wednesday, April 19th 2017:

In Reply to: 1965 Blackout posted by Marble Hill Projects Bldg #11 on Wednesday, April 19th 2017:

I was living then on 14th St. near First Ave. in Manhattan (close to where I worked). I was in the middle of a haircut on 14th St. when the power went out. Everyone thought that it was just the barber shop but when we looked out the door, everything in town was down. I had to go back the next day to finish my haircut. (Nowadays, I have less to cut and when I tell my wife I'm going for a haircut, she's liable to ask me which one.) What I remember most from that evening was that so many people sprung into action - directing traffic with flashlights at intersections, helping people up the stairs of our high rise apartment building with flashlights, etc. What people volunteered to do that day was a forerunner of what they were to do on 9/11. Incidentally, 14th St. came into play again on 9/11. We were living in the Village at that time and when I walked south back to where I lived, there were State Troopers along 14th St., not letting people go downtown without an ID showing we lived there.

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