Con Edison has shut down power in parts of Lower Manhattan.

The power company shut down two networks tonight at the very tip of Manhattan, by Bowling Green, that serve about 6,500 customers.

An Office of Emergency Management spokesman told NY1 tonight that the move was a tough one, but will help restore power more quickly.

“We know that if they take it down, there is going to be much less damage and much less turnaround getting it back up and running,” he said.


Con Ed had warned Manhattan residents south of 36th Street that their power might be turned off.

The company reports that 68,000 customers are without electrical service because of the hurricane.

That number is 18,500 in Staten Island, 18,200 in Queens and 21,800 in Westchester County.

Brooklyn residents received automated phone calls warning that their power may be turned off as well.