ConEdison, the electricity provider for New York City, says that überstorm Sandy caused the "worst damage" in its history. Which seems about right; some three-quarters of a million New Yorkers are without power.
ConEd (as it's better known) has a map of outages. Here's a section of it, as of early this afternoon.
A quick geography lesson. At left is the island of Manhattan, the densest part of the city. In the center and to the right is mostly Queens; there's a bit of Brooklyn at lower left. At the top is a smidge of the Bronx.
You'll notice that most of the map has outages (those little triangles with numbers) pretty consistently distributed. But the long, finger-like island of Manhattan is different. There is a cluster of 50-plus outages at the lower end, but very few outages up north.