[Update]: Even Governor Andrew Cuomo has some things to he wanted to get off of his chest, regarding last week’s surprising election results. Making his way to the 14th St-Sixth Avenue station where the “Subway Therapy” wall is still attracting hundreds of notes that inspire solidarity and resilience, Cuomo posted a sticky of his own that read this:
"New York State holds the torch high! - Andrew C.
'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free … I lift my lamp beside the golden door' Emma Lazarus
STATUE OF LIBERTY"
His message reinforced the sentiments expressed in his open letter where he reassured that New York State will continue to reject “hateful attitudes” and continue to fight for what is right.
NY State holds the torch high— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 15, 2016
In the wake of last Tuesday’s presidential election, and its unanticipated outcome, emotions have been running high—and that’s putting it mildly. While some are celebrating the fact that Donald Trump is now the president-elect, others are experiencing a range of emotions: sadness, fear, despair, anger, we could go on.
In New York, some are putting those feelings into action through protests; an estimated 3,000 people marched throughout Manhattan yesterday, converging on Midtown and Trump’s gilded Fifth Avenue tower while yelling “not my president,” among other things.
But others went a quieter route: at some point during the day, sticky notes bearing platitudes of hope, anger, and comfort began appearing in the 14th St–Sixth Ave subway station, thanks to an artist named Levee and his project, Subway Therapy. (h/t Gothamist)
He’s posted up in the station previously, but his post-election session took on a special resonance in the aftermath of what some have called the most divisive campaign in history. Messages included “we need never be hopeless,” “today I am proud to be a woman,” “love yourself like Kanye loves Kanye” (lol), and “Hillary is a hero,” among other things.
Levee also posted this on his website, which is worth remembering in the days and weeks to come:
I think getting upset is natural, but don't just be upset. Don't just be angry. Don't just be fearful. Don't let your energy and power go to waste. Do something that is good. Encourage healthy conversation. Be good to one another. Do something that helps people to understand each other. It may feel good to shout F@#$ Trump, but take a step back and think about what comes after that. That type of hate speech fuels the divisive machine. Channel your energy into something that will bring people together. If I can do it, you can do it.