For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck at the start of the week, the Manhattan skyline is expected to be mostly lit up Friday night. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the utility Con Edison is hoping to have most of Manhattan's outages resolved by midnight.
The progress in restoring power is being undercut by the long gas lines facing New Yorkers and angry residents of outer boroughs are facing a week or more of darkness.
Four days after Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, the U.S. death toll has climbed past 90 in ten states.
With fuel deliveries disrupted by storm damage, and many gas stations lacking electricity to run their pumps, gasoline is still a precious commodity. Some drivers say they've waited three or four hours in line at gas stations, only to see the pumps run dry when it was almost their turn. Some motorists ran out of gas before they could get to the front.
More New York subway and rail lines started operating again Friday and the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey is open to buses.
More than 3.8 million homes and businesses in the East are still without power, down from a peak of 8.5 million.