Stressed post-elec­tion New York­ers vent on sub­way notes

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By Ver­ena Dob­nik

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-yearold 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.”

One says “If they go low, we go high,” echo­ing first lady Michelle Obama.

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?”

Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, talks to chil­dren about the mes­sages posted on the “Sub­way Ther­apy” wall Fri­day in New York. Levee started the in­stal­la­tion in the un­der­ground pas­sage­way that con­nects the 1 train to the L train on 14th St., where peo­ple are en­cour­aged to leave their feel­ings about the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion writ­ten on Post-It notes.


A com­muter places a Post-it note on the “Sub­way Ther­apy” wall Fri­day in New York.

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