Trump success shocks President and Clinton streets block party

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Cornered: Hundreds of Brooklynites gathered on President and Clinton streets on Nov. 8 to watch the results of the presidential election — but the signs did not point to the winner.
An emotional evening: The mood at the block party turned somber as Donald Trump took the lead.
Shock and awe: Crowd members — many of them kids — cheered and booed at the results on the big screen.
Up in lights: The block party’s organizers rented a big screen from Rooftop Films for the event.
No kid-ding around: Many local kids came to the block party with home-made signs.

In the end, Clinton Street and Second Place were the real signs of the times.

Hundreds of Brooklynites gathered at President and Clinton streets in Carroll Gardens to watch the presidential election results roll in on Nov. 8, but the largely pro-Clinton crowd turned from celebration to desperation as it became increasingly unlikely that the street names would not prove prophetic — for a second time, at least — with many attendees saying they’d rather leave Brooklyn and the U.S. altogether than face life under a President Trump.

“I’m moving to Malaysia, I can’t live with that — the hate and the vile stuff that comes out of him, I’m already freaked out,” said Columbia Street Waterfront District resident and event co-organizer Amanda Zinoman, who said she was particularly scared for her African-American son. “It’s terrifying.”

More than 200 people were crammed into the corner at any one time during the bash, police estimated. The whole event was thrown together in only a few days, according to Zinoman — she and others raised some cash online for a permit and to rent a big screen to display live coverage, and several food trucks (including, yes, a taco truck) came out as well.

But it didn’t turn out to be the victory party guests were expecting, they said.

“We totally expected to be able to celebrate with Hillary here at the intersecti­on,” said Robin Norwood, who lives nearby.

Still, they said, it was nice to be amongst friends.

“No matter what happens, we’ve still got a clan,” said Kensington resident Stephanie Hemshrot, who stumbled across the shindig while on her way to a bar.

The block-party people weren’t alone in their support for the former New York senator, who stationed her campaign headquarters nearby in Brooklyn Heights — almost 79 percent of Kings County voters cast their ballot for Clinton, with Trump earning just under 18 percent of Brooklyn ballots, according to state voting data. Some 60 percent of local Democrats also chose Clinton over her Midwood-born rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vermont) in the April primary.

Of the 1,400,766 active registered voters in the borough, 754,901 people voted in the presidential election.

The results were far less surprising in the down-ballot races — every incumbent member of Congress representing Brooklyn held their seat, and every Democratic candidate vying for Brooklyn’s state Senate and Assembly seats won, with many running unopposed.

Reach deputy editor Ruth Brown at or by calling (718) 260–8309. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Horrified says:
To hell with Sanders. When you bite the bullet, you don't suck on it.
Nov. 9, 2016, 6:19 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
LOL, so much butthurt. The country has spoken and it rather have an idiot instead of a criminal be the president.
Nov. 9, 2016, 9:56 am
Joanna from Cobble Hill says:
They elected a professional criminal, instead of a criminal professional.
Nov. 9, 2016, 11:55 am
Kevin says:
Don't expatriate. You can't escape this. Relocate to a swing state. Or maybe this election will cripple swing states so they won't be able to hold this kind of power over the popular vote, in the future.
Nov. 9, 2016, 12:07 pm
Kevin says:
Or maybe Putin's afterglow will alter Dec 15th?
Nov. 9, 2016, 12:10 pm
Joël from Williamsburg says:
The electors vote on December 19, 2016
Nov. 9, 2016, 12:19 pm
Winifred Poohpoo from Park Slope says:
I was there, this article hardly does it justice. People cried, others screamed - one girl literally pooped her pants. It was crazy. I know what it feels like to die. Like someone else committed suicide on me. If you weren't there, you're probably a racist.
Nov. 9, 2016, 1:28 pm
Bd from Carroll Gdns/Red Hook says:
It's like a suit. Many times tailored, worn n pressed.
Changes are needed. Many were not successfully. Dispositions on all parts were to lenient in law abiding areas.
Believe, strictness and determination will go very far.
Destruction, murder, changes in health insurance policies- has made many very distraught. It's a needed matter. When taken away from all ages- to decide on your own what is for better or meanwhile have no Heslth insurance- is very depressing. High rates in policies. Very very
discouraging. Calling deplorables
and dispicables is unwordly of anyone to call out. So sensitive
For the unborn. Once with child- it is a human - life is growing within.
This is a belief we have, whatever creed or religion you maybe or other. Look at the goods and faults- what outweighed. Her years of experience. What she did, what she didn't successfully do in 30 plus years. It's all in ones profile.
Nov. 9, 2016, 1:34 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
It will be fine, which makes it all the more comical.
No war with Russia will be nice.
We will see how far the corporatists Zionist neocons get with Trump. He may be no better than Clinton in the end.
Nov. 9, 2016, 1:48 pm
Rabbit says:
Suits are nolonger made well enough to be tailored and pressed many times over, even the costly ones.

We needed brains, not brawn.
Nov. 9, 2016, 2:08 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
I think it's better to not involve children in political events. They won't understand the issues, and as the reporting shows, it can cause undue truma. Better to let children be children. They will have plenty of time for political celerbrations and grief when they are older.
Nov. 9, 2016, 3:21 pm
William from Park Slope says:
The Senate and House! We are now putty in the GOPs hands.
Nov. 9, 2016, 3:44 pm
Matthew from Bed-Stuy says:
LOL - What a bunch of nuts! This woman is gonna move to Malaysia because her candidate lost! Get real. Afraid for her African-American son? Why? What did Trump ever say to threaten Blacks? In fact he said he would help the inner city, something that the Democrats have failed to do throughout the country in cities that they run (Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago.. etc.)
Imagine if Hillary won and the Trump supporters carried on with demonstrations and crazy talk! Did white conservatives riot and demonstrate when Obama won twice? NO! Liberals are sure turning out to be the real intolerants! Thanks for exposing yourselves!
Nov. 10, 2016, 9:39 am
Steve from Kensington says:
They've started enacting Sharia Law in Malasyia, I'm sure that lady from the article will love it there.
Nov. 10, 2016, 11:46 am
Florence says:
Even if Trump wanted to turn a new leaf, become a socially responsible individual, his puppet master would never allow for it.
Nov. 10, 2016, 11:01 pm
Pinnocio says:
Florence is right, until he cuts his puppet strings he'll never be free. Even after that he'll just lie and get a big nose. We puppets are the real victims, and no one cares! They're just racist against us because our wood is brown.
Nov. 11, 2016, 7:26 am

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