Election Night 2012 in Times Square
Yesterday was a long day covering various stories for the NY Times. I woke up early and excited that it was election day and promptly walked a block to my polling place to vote. Fortunately for me, it only took 15 minutes to wait in line and exercise my civic duty.
Afterward, I hit the city to work on a long-term documentary about an interesting fellow…but I can’t talk about that until it publishes…so stay tuned.
From there I was off to a late-night improv club where I was tasked to document one of the musicians for a profile on the NY Times around 10PM. It was a hilarious experience and I intend to go back to the club soon with my wife for an evening of fun!
At about 10:30, though, the NY Times Metro desk called me and asked me to get to Times Square where large crowds of people were gathering to watch the results of the presidential elections come in. Given NY, especially Manhattan, is a blue state, my editor was hoping I could get some jubilation shots if/when President Obama won.
I made my way to 47th Street to the red TKTS steps where CNN had set up an outdoor studio and large screen right in the middle of Times Square. Every video board in Times Square was carrying various network feeds of the election from CNN, ABC, to Fox News.
Surprisingly, Obama was declared the winner much earlier than expected to the cheers of the crowd. I made a handful of photos of the folks celebrating on the TKTS stairs and then decided to stick around until the president spoke. Little did I know I’d be waiting about two more hours.
Though tiring, yesterday was an exciting day full of picture-taking. I’m happy I was able to experience a special moment in US history in such a cool location.