I had to walk home into the unpowered section of Manhattan every night from work. I took some photos during that time. Unfortunately, as it was still overcast, we never did get a chance to see the stars from downtown Manhattan:
Makes me want to go out to the middle of nowhere for a while, just to experience the Real World (TM) again; it's been a long time.
Perhaps there's some combination of moon-lit conditions that would produce that effect, but it sure doesn't look right to me.
That's pretty much what the entire article was about. :)
Being in the lower side of Manhatten, there would still be sufficient light pollution from all the areas nearby that still had power, that I'd doubt you'd see more than a few stars. You can see the sky glow in your pictures; compare the sky, with its visible clouds with the full-black buildings.
It's basically impossible to get a proper sky anywhere east of the Missisippi.
The Michigan Panhandle is also not too bad. It helps that two sides are surrounded by water, which leads to little light pollution.