Update: Power Restored to 78th Precinct, Subway, Some Customers After Second Bergen Street Fire

The 2/3/4/5 lines running again after 90-minute outage south of Atlantic, about 53 customers still without fire after manhole blaze Tuesday morning.


Update: July 3, 2:23 p.m.: Power was restored at the 78th Precinct at about 1 p.m. "We're fully functioning," an NYPD spokesman said. 


For the third day in a row, residents, businesses and the 2/3/4/5 lines have lost power at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street.

A second manhole fire broke out at about 11:40 a.m. at the same intersection, cutting power to the subway and at least 122 customers, including the NYPD's 78th Precinct, Park Slope Patch's Will Yakowicz reported from the scene.  

The FDNY put out the blaze within minutes and left the scene by 12:30. There were no injuries, an FDNY spokesman said. 

The latest fire is a continuation of outages that began Sunday evening, after an enormous . It was restored by 3:30 a.m. but about 20 customers lost it again at about 11 a.m. Monday. Power was restored to all but two customers by about 7 p.m. and to all overnight.

As of 2:07 p.m. Con Edison had reduced the estimate of customers without power to 53. Get the latest update on Con Edison's power outage map.

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All subway service south of Atlantic-Pacific Street was halted between 11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. Service then resumed with residual delays, an MTA spokeswoman said. 

Con Edison still does not know the reason for the repeated fires but are working to get power back up as soon as possible. Right now they estimate that power will be restored by 5 a.m. Wednesday, said Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz.

"Our crews are on the scene and working on it. They're keeping a close eye on the situation," Quiroz said. 

Con Edison officials say the outages have nothing to do with the breakdown of union negotiations Sunday, locking out 8,000 workers and causing managers and contractors to take over the work on the streets as temperatures reached the 90s. Talks are set to resume Thursday. 

Let us know if you've lost power, and if you have any photos from the scene, go ahead and upload them to the story.

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Pearl July 03, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Our apartment on Bergen between 5th and Flatbush was out of power AGAIN today. Three days in a row now. It's back for the time being, but with ConEd's 'fixing' of the problem over the past three days, I'm not holding my breath. This is ridiculous, and you can't tell me that their locking-out of union workers has nothing to do with it. With managers down in the holes, it's not surprising that their band-aid measures keep failing. Get this manhole dealt with, get our power back on, and start bargaining in good faith with your hard-working union workers! It's too dang hot for this! And another recommendation for ConEd: never have a labor contract expire in the middle of the summer. You're just asking for problems, and it's your customers who end up paying for it!
Michael Ryan July 03, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Pearl nailed it, don't waste our time blowing smoke telling us this has nothing to do w/ the labor union breakdown. "Hard-working union workers" is a bit of an oxymoron tho. Unions aren't what they used to be, historically speaking they have fallen far from their original purpose. Under the guise of protecting employees they're now more of a safety net for a lackluster work ethic, a bargaining chip for inexplicable higher pay and a sense of entitlement. BUT they exist, they must be dealt with respect, and sometimes you have to eat crow when they're on the other side of the table.
Amy Sara Clark July 04, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Hi All, Con Edison explains the reasons for the blackouts (not Barclays or the lockouts), they said: http://prospectheights.patch.com/articles/con-edison-on-bergen-street-s-3-day-power-outage -Amy
Pearl July 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Michael, it's unfortunate that you have such a warped view of unions. Of course there are the outliers; there always have been and always will be. However, unions built the middle class and continue to support it. Weekends, overtime pay after 40 hours, child labor laws: all of these are because of unions. It's no surprise that with the rise in anti-collective bargaining legislation throughout the country, wages and other benefits that used to come standard (health insurance, pension) are in a free fall. Higher pay isn't 'inexplicable': it's a reasonable wage to pay for a full day's work of a highly-skilled worker. The ConEd employees aren't asking for the moon. They're simply asking to keep what they have been promised. But nowadays with corporations being able to get away with highway robbery wage-wise, simply keeping the status quo is a battle. Right-to-Work is a misnomer. It's Right-to-Work-for-Less. The original purpose of unions remains the same: to keep honest wages for an honest day's work, keep working conditions as safe as possible, and support a career for workers (which benefits both the worker and the employer). Don't let the bad apples spoil the entire cart. Unions are more important now than ever before. I am incredibly thankful for the hard work of my union.
Patti July 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I hope those people and businesses affected by the Black Out will receive a credit from Con Ed.


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