NEW YORK- At around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, residents erupted into celebration as the results of the 2020 presidential election were announced: Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Kamala Harris had beat out the divisive incumbent, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael Pence.
Windows above the streets were lifted open as residents cheered, banged pots and pans, and expressed relief and happiness. Cars stretching down Broadway honked and drivers lifted raised fists out their windows. Dance parties convened at random in every borough and public park.
After five days of post-election day tension and an omnipresent anxiety, New York City residents rollicked and flooded the streets as the notifications flashed across people’s phone screens. The spontaneous celebration was a testament to participants’ desire for national unity and new leadership.
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