It started with a small rumbling like the noise of a crowd from afar coming from a football stadium. Then there was a loud siren. Some people rushed out of their apartments and started dancing in the streets, with others banging pots. A man opens a bottle of champagne in the middle of a Brooklyn neighborhood.
Many neighborhoods of New York City erupted in celebrations Saturday after major news organizations announced that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr had won the presidential race. The cheering response for essential workers broke out during the first months of the pandemic at 7 p.m. every night in the city.
“I felt like I was holding my breath, ”said Justin Oakley, 30, a web developer, as joy flooded through Prospect Park in Brooklyn. “We went through a lot, the city went through a lot this year, I participated in a lot of demonstrations. But now it’s like, ah, in the end, something to celebrate. “
“The war is not over yet,” added Mr. Oakley. “But man, this feels good right now.”
Nearby, a jogger shouted, “Oh my God, I don’t believe it!”, She was dumbfounded when the news arrived on her phone.
“Believe it, believe it!” A cyclist shouted, ringing the bell as hundreds of people in the park clapped their hands and shouted.
Kevin La Moureaux, 26, a medical student at Brooklyn Hospital Center, was leaning against a lamppost on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, as he yelled, “Let’s go!” let the drivers ring their horn.
“I am a registered Republican; This is my first time voting for a Democrat and it feels great, ”said Mr. La Moureaux. “I just want to be normal. I just want to be polite ”.
Hanan Hamilton, 60, cheered as the car honked in Upper Manhattan and happily chatted with pedestrians on the sidewalk. Residents in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood smashed pots and darted down to Broadway.
“God bless, girl!” she said to her neighbor.
Ms. Hamilton, a native New Yorker, said she voted in person on Election Day and was anxiously awaiting the results.
“You can fool some people sometimes, but not everyone,” she said.
Thousands of people flocked to Times Square, where waves of cheering continued to sweep the crowd on an unexpectedly warm day.
“USA! USA! USA!” people shouted. Another popular song echoed through the square: “Trump, you’re fired!”
Cristina Diaz, 18, a freshman at Manhattan College in the Bronx, who moved to New York from Georgia this year, stands on the sidewalk smiling brightly over her coronavirus anti-virus mask. She said she had heard of Mr. Biden’s victory when she and her friend Maddie Siefert, who stood beside her, left the campus cafeteria.
She and Siefert, an 18-year-old freshman from Connecticut, rushed to Times Square to join the celebration after they saw its image on social media. Diaz said the role her state played in rejecting Trump for a second term makes her extremely proud.
“Georgia has been red for so long and now it’s like a dream come true,” said Diaz. “It was really nice to finally not see Georgia in bad light once.”
Mr. Trump is a native New Yorker who has successfully risen to the top of the city’s real estate sector, but has been very unpopular with most, but not all, of the city.
In many of the city’s free neighborhoods, including Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Greenwich Village and Brooklyn’s brown stone neighborhoods, street parties are likely to continue through the afternoon.
A large crowd danced in front of the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, where Senator Chuck Schumer, who lives in Park Slope, joins them. An aide said Mr. Schumer held up his phone during a conversation with Mr. Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi so they could hear cheers.
A crowd gathered near Trump Tower to cheer for his defeat. A man walks down the street with a cardboard sign that says “You’re fired.” Another man waved an American flag.
Bassema Yousef, 37, a management consultant, waved a “We Are The People” poster depicting a woman in a headscarf. Yousef said she bought the poster in 2017 after Trump banned visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries and kept it in case the president left office.
A Muslim American, Ms. Yousef said she has relatives and friends affected by the Muslim ban, including her brother.
“As a woman of color, as an American Muslim, I get tired of feeling like any other foreigner,” she said. “Joe Biden will help us heal.”
Not everyone seems excited.
The mood was calmer at a construction site near Hudson Yards in Manhattan. Construction workers stare at their phones with a hint of frustration. The others left and shook their heads in disbelief.
John Rodin, 25, said: “I had a colleague who called me the one who voted for Trump insane. My job website was very disappointed when he won. Everyone wants Trump. “
In Inwood, on the northern end of Manhattan, the celebrations come almost immediately.
The windows above the streets were opened as residents cheered, smashed pots and pans of relief and happiness. Cars running down Broadway sound their horns and drivers raise fists from the windows. Some passengers bang on the side car door.
True to the fashion of the neighborhood, bicycles and motorbikes cycle through the intersections, and the same bells, pans and whistles are used during 7pm to cheer workers on. needed now on the road.
Robert and Maya Kite heard cheers from the window, checked their phones and immediately began to celebrate.
They put their 3-year-old and 6-year-old daughters dressed up, grabbed a small pot, a small sieve and two wooden spoons to smash them, then headed to the intersection of Broadway and Dyckman, where hundreds of people are gathering.
Ms. Kite, 33. “We heard sounds and screams and immediately guessed what the news was,” Ms. Kite, 33. “We opened all the windows and started cheering. Then a friend told us that there were people gathered here. I feel elated and hopeful in a way that wasn’t there before. “
Mr. Kite added: “Having lived in these neighborhoods in New York during the crisis, we heard sirens at all times during Covid. It is an organ for all of us. And to know that a president is going to take it seriously, means a lot to us. I mean, how many people died in these very neighborhoods? “
At the sounds of the same bell and pan cheering the working class during the city’s worst crisis, the couple were comforted that it was the energy that was still bringing New Yorkers together. .
“This sound is exactly the same,” said Ms. Kite.
Across Williamsburg, Brooklyn, residents ran to their front porch and balconies to ring bells and crack pots and pans. The sounds of car horns and shouts and screams of “we did” filled the air. Someone released the song “YMCA”
Carrie Salter, 62, an architectural designer, was dancing on South Road 3 as she looked around at the people celebrating.
She said: “This is what it was like when the Mets won in the 80’s.“ I am very happy to be a part of this; I feel welcomed by everyone in the community right now.
When asked how she felt, she said, “God, all the stress was released from my body, I just felt calm again. My brain is opening again.
In Manhattan, 68-year-old Stella Voight, who was with a group waiting to walk in Inwood Hill Park, said: “I started crying when I heard the news. I feel emotional. I am a teacher in the city, and I think of the kids ”.
For others, the news seems to relieve the tension accumulated during the pandemic and a controversial election season.
Eileene Vicencio, 29, said when he met Sen. Kamala Harris, The doctors said:the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, entering such a high post “moved” and felt “unreal.”
“There has been a lot of talk about the Latin vote and where the vote went and nowhere,” she said. “This is just the realization that we have this power. The fact that she will be in the White House is enormous. It was much bigger than her ”.
Yet underneath the celebrations in the streets of New York comes a line of anxiety: Voting took place very close in a lot of battlefield states, and many of Biden’s supporters realize that political war with those who agree with Mr. Trump on key issues are far from over.
For 33-year-old Lauren Whitehead, the race proved to her “how divided the country is,” which she says she feels “heartbroken.”
“It’s a fact we already know but it’s even clearer now,” she said. “But to see that we have reached another milestone despite all that for a woman of color in place. Unbelievable.”
Report contributed by Maggie Astor, Troy Closson, Carla Correa, Juliana Kim, Derek Norman, Irene Plagianos, Amanda Rosa, Nate Schweber and Liam Stack.