New York City felt alive as sound ripped through the air Saturday morning following the announcement Democratic candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris were projected to win the election by NBC News.
The sounds of car horns, people banging pots and pans, cheers and applause were heard within minutes after the announcement was made.
Crowds were quick to gather at Times Square, Grand Army Plaza, Columbus Circle, Washington Square Park, but thousands also flooded neighborhood streets to join in collective celebration.
In several crowds, including one gathered near Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, champagne bottles were popped to commemorate the highly-anticipated election results. Filmmaker Spike Lee surprised the Fort Greene crowd and popped a bottle of champagne himself.
New York metro-area lawmakers, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, released messages of congratulations and support for the president- and vice president-elect. Senator Chuck Schumer was spotted outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn alongside several hundred in the midst of ongoing cheers.