Power outage knocks out NYC subway line

One of the most heavily trafficked subway lines in the city succumbs to soaring temperatures.

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A power outage, possibly related to the sweltering heat, has knocked out one of New York City's most heavily trafficked subway lines as well as some lights in the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. The outage, which apparently began around 3:40 PM EDT, affected the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines (the green line), the D line, and power in nearby areas of Manhattan and the Bronx near Yankee Stadium. There's no word on when power will be restored yet.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority's Web site, meanwhile, is timing out, probably due to the overload of hits.

Put on your tinfoil hats, folks: the green line can take you from 59th St. and Lexington Avenue, just a few blocks from the midtown Apple Store. It can also take you to Spring St. and Lafayette St., in close proximity to the SoHo Apple Store on Prince St. That means that the artery connecting one Apple Store to the next has essentially been severed, so iPhone fanatics may find their travel plans stunted.

Which leads us to this totally obvious conclusion: Did Bill Gates shut down the subway?

If so, he missed something: the R train will take you to essentially the same location at 59th St., and even closer to the Apple Store in SoHo. Looks like a "security flaw" in his nefarious plot. Better patch it, Microsoft.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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