New York: On 8 November, New York City, the money capital of the world, will be the center of the universe as it hosts Democrat Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump's grand Election Night parties.
Clinton will hunker down for Election Night surrounded by thousands of supporters and Democratic party faithful in a building with a literal glass ceiling, while Trump announced on Wednesday night that his "victory party" would be held at the New York Hilton Midtown.
"Hillary Clinton has spent her whole damn career breaking through glass ceilings, and in 2008 she called the presidency the, “highest, hardest glass ceiling” of them all. So when her staff announced she’d host her election-night party at the Jacob K Javits Center in New York, it made sense," noted the New York" magazine.
It is rare for one city in America to throw up both the major party candidates in a presidential election. With two New Yorkers in the fray, the massive victory party after the hard-fought, divisive, year-long campaign is going to be held in the bluest of blue states in a country leaning increasingly red on hot-button issues like trade, immigration and gun control.
Trump, an alpha male and billionaire businessman, personifies the money and power that makes the wheels spin in New York. He is a kindred spirit for the Wall Street masters of the universe who exude a "Trumpian" super confidence in their infallibility and power to succeed.
Clinton, who was born in Chicago, raised in the Midwest and studied at Yale, has lived all over America. Seventeen years ago, Clinton and her husband bought a beautiful 11-bedroom, hundred-year-old Dutch colonial house for $1.7 million in Chappaqua, New York. In 2000, Clinton trounced her Republican rival Rick Lazio to become the US senator from New York. New Yorkers see their hard work ethics reflected in Clinton and appreciate her crusade for firefighters and first responders after the September 2001 terror attacks.
"Hillary is crazy hard working. She can get things done in a New York minute," said deli worker Maria Lopez.
At one stage during the primaries, Republican Ted Cruz took a lot of flak from New Yorkers for criticising Trump's "New York values," which he defined as "socially liberal, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and focus around money and the media."
"No New Yorker has occupied the White House since Franklin D Roosevelt died while in office 71 years ago. That's a long time for New Yorkers to be out of the presidential game. They may very well be back," pointed out columnist Froma Harrop in RealClear Politics.
Trump, who is said to be a host extraordinaire, will entertain a relatively select group of supporters at the Hilton ballroom. He doesn't want to tempt the fates by having an over the top celebration prior to the results. “The event is invitation-only for friends and supporters of the Trump-Pence campaign,” according to the press release.
The elegant Hilton ballroom with the Trump party is a stone's throw from Trump Tower, and a 10-minute cab ride from the Jacob K Javits Center, where Clinton is holding her jamboree.
According to the New York Post, Clinton is planning an Election Night fireworks display on the Hudson River. "It could blow up in her face," if she doesn't win warned the local New York paper. In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid $25,000 for a fireworks display on Boston Harbor that was scotched by his defeat to President Barack Obama.
"The fact that both Clinton and Trump will hold Election Night events in New York City — marking the first such coincidence in modern history — is creating an unprecedented security challenge for law enforcement authorities," reported the New York Post.
Sadly, there are mounting fears of hooliganism and clashes between Trump and Clinton supporters on the streets of New York. One thing is guaranteed the NYPD will turn the city into a fortress on Election Day even as the city parties hard.
First Published On : Nov 4, 2016 10:06 IST