Post-Election New Yorkers Express Themselves With Subway Notes
"Subway Therapy" messages include: "You will not divide us. Love is everything."
New Yorkers struggling with post-election stress have found an outlet for the blues — by pouring their political souls onto sticky notes that fill walls of a Manhattan subway station.
In the days after Republican Donald Trump won the White House, Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss brought many of her New York supporters to tears — even in public.
Enter 28-year-old Brooklyn artist Matthew Chavez, known as Levee. He set up a table in a long tunnel of the Union Square station, where he hands out the blank pastel notes on which straphangers scribble.
He calls this “Subway Therapy.” It’s free.
More than 1,500 people have shared their grief and anxiety since Wednesday, posting thoughts on the white subway tiles, according to Subway Therapy’s Instagram.
One reads, “You will not divide us. Love is everything.” Another says, “It doesn’t end today.”
And there’s first lady Michelle Obama’s now-famous declaration, “If they go low, we go high.”
The uplifting art installation counterbalances what Clinton supporters say is Trump’s racism, bigotry and ignorance.
Another sticky note offers soothing words, saying, “Everything will be alright.” But a few feet over, another person wasn’t so sure: “What do we do now?”
There was an answer amid the sea of impromptu messages.
“We’ve been through worse (meaning 9/11) and the city will unite,” read the light pink sticky note. “We will get through this together because love trumps hate.”