Shock and awww: Tears flow in Park Slope after Trump upset

The end is nigh: Park Slopers lined up down Fifth Avenue to vote at MS 51.
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It is mourning again in Park Slope.

The heart of progressive Brooklyn is in shock after the nation elected Republican Donald Trump as the country’s Commander in Chief on Tuesday, with locals brushing back tears as they trudged to work on a Wednesday morning that felt more like the day after tomorrow, according to one local leader.

“We’re all a little shell-shocked today,” said Community Board 6 district manager Craig Hammerman. “I saw people in tears this morning walking through the streets. There was a lot of hugging — just a very sad tone.”

It was an especially bad way to wake up for one local who would otherwise have been celebrating her birthday on Nov. 9.

“This is the worst birthday I’ve ever had,” said 20-year Slope resident Ivice Rose.

More than 30,000 neighborhood residents cast a ballot in the presidential race, according to a Park Slope Courier analysis of state voter data available as of Wednesday afternoon — of those, around 28,000 went to Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, and only 1,500 to Trump.

But Trump’s victory was in many ways a national rebuke of the Park Slope way of life — a place where grocery shoppers argue over Palestinian rights, fashionistas shilled handmade Clinton and Bernie Sanders T-shirts, and a synagogue dedicated its sukkah to the global refuge crisis — and his elevation to the nation’s highest office came as a revelation to some that the neighborhood is not in sync with other parts of the nation, according to one resident.

“I think it’s a wake-up call,” said Michelle de la Uz, local resident and executive director of local social justice outfit the Fifth Avenue Committee. “I think people weren’t necessarily fully aware of how disaffected folks are around the country — we tend to be in a bubble here.”

Locals in liberal strongholds across the country protested after Tuesday’s shock result, but Park Slope remained grimly somber on Tuesday evening and into the next day, as residents were still in a state of shock, de la Uz said.

“There’s just a lot of shock and mourning going on right now,” she explained. “I think people are literally going through the steps of mourning. The anger part of it will come later.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

good riddens from USA says:
Better 1 day of tear is better than 4 to 8 years of tears.

Hopefully Mr. Trump in cleaning house will clean out CB6 mgmt.

And for sure NY'ers, to a large extent, are out of touch with USA. So much money in NYC to waste while most everywhere else there is so little.

Get behind the new order as the old one was nothing worth fighting for, let alone shedding a single tear.
Nov. 10, 2016, 6:34 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
It's a Reptilian conspiracy! Everybody panic!
Nov. 11, 2016, 7:38 am
Tyler from pps says:
So Good Riddens [sic], I guess New York should stop redistribution of its wealth to other states, right?
Nov. 11, 2016, 10:29 am
So typical of Liberals/Progressives from Park Slope! says:
The fact that so many (professional?) protesters are demonstrating a FAIR AND DEMOCRATIC election in a democratic country just goes to show how ill informed our country is. What are they protesting? Not that is was a fair election - but that they didn't get what they wanted...boohoo? Millennial brats need to take CIVICS 101. or move to a country that hasn't a constitution. Trump's not perfect but better than the corrupt status quo. Drain the Swamp! I cant wait to see Trump at (Elite) UN Summits!
Nov. 11, 2016, 1:03 pm

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