Stressed post-election New Yorkers vent on subway notes
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.