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In Harlem, New Yorkers danced and banged pots while singing “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” Eileen Grench/THE CITY

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New York City Celebrates a Day in History as Trump-Pence Era Gives Way to Hope for Biden-Harris

A mix of jubilation and relief filled many, if not all, neighborhoods. Our team captured sights and sounds of a day like no other in New York.

After days of manically hitting the refresh button on news websites, for many New Yorkers word flew in on the wings of the whoop-and-car-horn cacophony unleashed shortly before noon on an unusually gloriously warm and sunny November Saturday.

The eruption heralded history: One president on his way out after nearly four years of tumult, another on his way in to confront stark crises, backed by the first woman ever elected vice president of the United States after a 241-year drought.

A mix of jubilation and relief filled many, if not all neighborhoods, of a city where the hometown product in the White House is deeply unpopular in, well, many, if not all neighborhoods.

If only for a few hours, New Yorkers wracked by the loss of more than 24,000 of their own over the last eight months and by ongoing economic upheaval, grabbed the opportunity to tell the world they’re looking ahead with hope.

Our team hit the streets of the city to capture sights and sounds of a day in history.


Bilal Zokari, 20, was the first person out on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn after the news of Biden’s win broke. Nov. 7, 2020 Rachel Holliday Smith/THE CITY

Bodega worker Bilal Zokari, 20, popped out onto a stretch of Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Avenue after the news of Joe Biden’s win broke and started banging a pot.

Neighbors quickly followed suit. “People were just surprised at first, like ‘What are you doing?’ and I was like ‘He won’ and everybody starts clapping and people started coming of the houses and started banging,” he said.

Zokari voted in Brooklyn with his father on Election Day. He said Biden’s win is huge for his family, who are Muslim. “It’s a big deal,” he said. “I was just happy.”


Biden-Harris celebration, Washington Sq Park Christine Chung/THE CITY

Crowds massed shortly after noon at Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park, one of the centers of protests in recent months — including “Count the Vote” rallies this past week.



Deandre Scott, 18, of Hell’s Kitchen at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue, Manhattan. Celebrating Biden-Harris win. Jose Martinez/THE CITY

Deandre Scott, 18, of Hell’s Kitchen, scales new heights at 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.


People in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn pour champaign after Joe Biden was announced the winner in the presidential election on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

Neighbors started massing on a corner of Bedford-Stuyvesant minutes after the announcement that Biden and Kamala Harris had beaten Donald Trump and Mike Pence.


Harlemites celebrated with selifes and cheers outside the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.

The crowd that gathered in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building chanted, “Black lives matter!” and “Kamala!” in honor of Harris, who scored a trifecta of vice presidential firsts: the first woman, the first African-American and the first South Asian-American to be elected to the post.

Tommy Tejada, 36, enjoyed a beer with friends on the Prospect Avenue sidewalk in the South Bronx after hearing the news that Biden was projected to win the presidency. The 36-year old owner of a welding business said he was happier than ever. The group danced to bachata and chatted from their fold out chairs about “everything but Trump.” Eileen Grench/THE CITY

Tommy Tejada, 36, enjoyed a beer with friends on Prospect Avenue sidewalk in the South Bronx after hearing the news that Biden was projected to win the presidency. The 36-year-old owner of a welding business and his pals danced to bachata and chatted from their folding chairs about “everything but Trump.”


Astoria celebrated Biden-Harris victory, Nov. 7, 2020. Will Welch/THE CITY

It looked like a summer day in Astoria as friends marked the day on Broadway and 29th Street.

The libations also flowed in Brooklyn:


Daisy Martinez, 27, said that when she heard the news that Biden had been projected to win the election she ran out onto the street, happy, hopeful. But that as a Honduran citizen she also was distracted and worried for her home town, where floods from Eta have risen above roof level.  6:15 She enjoyed the spring-like evening at a small plaza in the South Bronx with her two children, sister, and nephews. Eileen Grench/THE CITY

When she heard the news, Daisy Martinez, 27, of The Bronx, ran out onto the street, happy and hopeful. As day turned to evening, she enjoyed the spring-like weather at a small plaza in the South Bronx with her children, sister and nephews.



Grand Army Plaza became celebration central for Brooklyn after the Biden-Harris victory announcement.





Prospect Park after Biden announcement... Peter Senzamici/THE CITY

Similar scenes unfolded at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, as picnickers erupted in waves of cheers.


East Village after Biden-Harris win, Nov. 7, 2020. Carson Kessler/THE CITY

Signs of the times, via the East Village.


Grand Army Plaza Biden celebration Jere Hester/THE CITY

As evening fell, Grand Army Plaza played host to a dance party with a soundtrack that included a DJ’s mixes, a jazz band and a mobile symphony of car horns honking in solidarity.

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