Update (5 p.m. EDT): According to Con Edison and every single person on Twitter, the power is back on in the East Village, SoHo, other parts of Lower Manhattan. Check out this Instagrammed proof of a working stoplight.
Update (5:24 p.m. EDT): Con Ed with a description of the electrified area:
Update (5:30 p.m. EDT): Everybody honked and cheered when the lights came back on. Wouldn't you?
Power just came back in the East village. Honking and cheering. People are going bonkers.— caitlin thompson (@caitlin_thomps) November 2, 2012
This is part of the reason why:
Just remembered that I can maybe now order Seamless Web and that's when the tears came.— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) November 2, 2012
Update (6:05 p.m. EDT): The Chelsea network is back up. Con Ed explains where that is:
The restoration of power to parts of Lower Manhattan was marked by confusion earlier in the day. Some in the newly christened SoPo (south of power) neighborhood started getting calls from Consolidated Edison earlier on Friday saying the juice had started flowing. The problem was, it hadn't yet. Apparently the utility started calling the wrong people with the good news.
The mayor also said traffic lights would be back on tonight, most schools would open on Monday, and carpooling restrictions would be waived at 5 p.m. today, according to The Local's Daniel Maurer. "The Holland Tunnel is being opened on a limited basis for commercial vehicles and buses." Bloomberg said rest of the city's parks, about half of which were already open, would reopen this weekend. AT&T has stationed cell-service "pods" near food and relief centers in the disaster zones, to provide cell service while people stock up on food and water. The city is also offering $5 million in assistance to small businesses in Zone A, which Goldman Sachs has matched with a donation. Those without power in the outer boroughs, who are served by overhead lines, will have to wait "a lot longer" to have their service restored, Bloomberg said. Recycling service hasn't been restored, but garbage is being picked up. The official death toll is now at 41.