Events: Watch Party for DNC Finale

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It’s Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Two weeks of craziness and it’s all already over?)

If you want to watch the grand finale and Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight together with friends, there are a number of Watch Parties here in New York.


The NYC Political Forum

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
Murray Hill / Kips Bay area – address after RSVP

“As the disgruntled Sanders supporters lukewarmly stay on the sidelines — or even perhaps wish for a raucous convention fight — the “18-million cracks in the glass ceiling” will finally shatter in a televised broadcast. PLUS, the sudden resignation of the DNC Chair, DWS, adds more fuel to the fire in the ongoing drama between the Clinton and Sanders camps. “

Disclaimer: The NYCPF does not endorse any candidates or parties.

RSVP via Meetup


Hillary Happy Hours LGBT DNC Acceptance Speech Watch Party

Thursday, July 28, 6:30 PM
Rise Bar, 859 9th Avenue, New York 10019

“Join Hillary Happy Hours for the historic last night of the Democratic National Convention when we will gather to watch Hillary Clinton accept the nomination for President of the United States. Bring all your friends, whether they supported Hillary, Bernie, or nobody, and get inspired and engaged to stop Trump and Pence in November. Enjoy 2-4-1 drink specials and the best LGBT Hillary crowd anywhere.”

$ 20, RSVP here


Williamsburg Democratic Nomination Party

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
80 Meserole Street, Apt 4D, Brooklyn, New York 11206

“Brooklyn Roof Party and Fund-Raiser for Hillary for America, the DSCC, and the DCCC. We are asking folks to write three checks one for each committee in Williamsburg, NY.” 

RSVP at jonathan.felch@gmail.com


Idealists4Hillary DNC Watch Party

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar, 225 West 4th Street, New York 10014

“Join Idealists4Hillary as Hillary Clinton makes history and accepts the Democratic nomination!”


Nomination Night Live Stream VIP Party

Thursday, July 28, 6:00 PM
Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St,  New York 10036

Official campaign event
“Please Join Challen Hodson, Wayne Farmer, Katy McCarthy, Dave Renz and Matthew Tollin (The Team Behind Hillarymoji) for an evening of festivities and merriment and become a part of history. We will be live streamed into the Democratic National Convention to join our fellow Democrats in nominating Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Candidate for President of the United States.”

$ 45 – $ 250, RSVP here


Astoria for Hillary Watch Party at ICON!

ICON, 31-84 33rd Street, Astoria, New York 11106

“Come to ICON to show your support for the next president of the United States! Whatever your political affiliation is, we welcome you to this event with no cover. ICON will have great frozen drinks, $5 drink specials, and FREE SHOTS ALL NIGHT! Talk about a warm weclome! We will watch coverage of the DNC on 4 HD flat screens with a stellar surround sound system. At ICON, we support Hillary and her strong support for the LGBT, Greek, Hispanic and immigrant community of Western Queens.”

 

New Yorkers Party While They Watch Day 2 of Dems in Philly

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A couple hundred New Yorkers cheered and partied Tuesday night at the Ainsworth hotel next door to the Empire State Building while they watched Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention.

There was an elderly lady shouting, “We made history. It’s awesome.” Clinton staffers signing up people to volunteer. Applause when the current president took to the stage (albeit a fictional one, President Grant from Scandal). Boos during a Trump commercial in the break.

Silence when the “Mothers of the Movement” talked about their dead children – from Eric Garner to Trayvon Martin. And cheers for Lena Dunham, when she reminded everybody that “22 years ago, Hillary Clinton said, ‘Women’s rights are human rights.'”

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Theater director Mark has been a Clinton volunteer since the beginning. For the special occasion he sported a t-shirt with the names of famous first ladies – and one future first gentleman.

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Most of the party guests were volunteers, who came to watch Hillary’s nomination with like minded friends.

“What is great when you volunteer is that you are in a room full with other Hillary supporters,” said experienced phone-banker James to the cheers of the crowd. “I met some of the most amazing people. I will be friends with them for all my life,” he added.

Video Recap of Hillary’s Victory Night

Two days ago, I blogged about going to Hillary Clinton’s primary party in the Sheraton New York hotel. Here now is a video story I produced for NYU Now that  aired tonight.

Gets the enthusiasm of the night across a little better than just the photos 😉

With Karis Rogerson

Hillary Clinton Celebrates at Times Square Victory Party

Hillary Clinton had a good night. And so had her supporters.

This woman is showing off her Hillary suit, while she is waiting in line.

Clinton’s victory party was already well underway at the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square, when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called the race for the former hometown senator.

The crowd alternated between “Hillary, Hillary!” and “I am with her!” cheers.

With 98% of the votes reported, Clinton led Sanders by 15.8%, a larger margin than even the most promising polls suggested.

The media’s view, the real party is hidden behind the press podium.

Before Clinton took to the stage herself, prominent surrogates – including mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo – celebrated New York as a progressive democratic power house. 
  
And then the room full of supporters and volunteers finally got a glimpse of their candiate. Hillary Clinton entered the podium together with her husband Bill, her (very pregnant) daughter Chelsea and her son-in-law.

  
“Today you proved again, there’s no place like home,” a smiling Clinton told the cheering crowd.

The former Secretary of State only mentioned her opponent Sanders in passing, and instead put her focus on the general election. She repeatedly attacked Donald Trump and Ted Cruz – for example when she  gave her own definition of New York Values. 

Film Student Wants a Female President

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Kate Phillips, 26, in the Manhattan phone bank for Hillary Clinton. It was her first time volunteering.

Name: Kate Phillips
Borough: Manhattan
I will vote: Hillary Clinton

“I felt it was time [to volunteer]. I have been supporting Hillary since 2008 and now it’s getting tight. It’s getting close with Bernie, the New York Primary is coming up, and I just feel like young people are really vocal about Bernie. Young people aren’t vocal about Hillary – I really don’t understand why, she is a fabulous candidate. So I thought, I should put my money where my mouth is and volunteer.”

“I have been supporting her for a long time. First of all, just a 100%, I really think it’s very importantly to have a woman president, that’s just a fact. Still, I am not going to vote for Carly Fiorina, obviously.”

“Other than that, she is easily the most experienced. There are huge issues abroad, so much shit happening. She has been Secretary of State – in any other election year if she wasn’t a woman, I don’t think it would be an issue at all. I mean she is clearly the most experienced.”

Bernie at Washington Square Park – As Close As I Could Get

This is Bernie Sanders speaking to thousands of people at a rally at Washington Square Park in Manhattan tonight.

This is how far I made it.

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I mean look at these lines. And then imagine them entering trough two tiny Secret Service tents.

It’s the logistical nightmare you get, when you plan a rally in Manhattan in a park with a huge construction site on top of it. Oh well.

But then, who needs to see the real Bernie Sanders when you can have this?

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Trump Tower Door Man Supports His Boss

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Gonzalez word in the lobby of the Fifth Avenue Trump Tower in Manhattan. Mr. Trump’s private residence, his offices and his campaign HQ are all in the building.


Name:
Johnny Gonzalez
Borough: Manhattan
I will vote: Donald Trump

“All of us are pretty excited. I will vote for him. Everybody here, we all love Trump. We know the real Trump.”

“I have never really been interested in politics before. Now I am, because of Mr. Trump.”

“I love how he fights a lot for Americans.”

“A lot of police officers stop by here, they love the support he has for them. He always has, it’s not just a thing he is bringing up now. I think all these views he has, he has always felt them.”

“It has always been very busy, even before he announced. Now that he has announced, we get a lot more people who just wanna see the building. If he becomes president, they wanna be able to say, we were in his building, see how nice it was.”

Adorable Kids for Hillary

I recently went to Hillary Clinton phone bank in Manhattan to interview some of the many  volunteers there (more on this later). Walking in I was greeted by an array of colorful poster-size drawings.

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Turns out that many of the volunteers bring their children along (especially on the weekend). So while the parents are making phone calls, the kids show their support for Hillary in a more creative way.

And I have to admit, these youngsters have their arguments down – plus or minus the occasional spelling mistake.

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Politics in the Square

There is a LOT to read about the ongoing election, but my favorite  part is observing it by just wandering around the city. Union Square is an especially fruitful hunting ground.

Wandering around there last weekend, I made three observations:

  1. Bernie-supporters are very visible on the streets.
  2. As are anti-trump activists.
  3. I have never actually seen Hillary-supporters anywhere on the street. Seems not to be their thing.
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This artful pro-Bernie also supports Occupy Wall Street.
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This chalk painting wants to warn passersby.
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These “Bullswax” figures are meant as political satire, but can also be used as grind wax for skateboards.
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Look closely, these pigeons are not real! The artists who made them seems to be a Bernie-supporter.
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She does rats as well.