NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Cheers erupted across New York City moments after Joe Biden was projected to win the presidential election.

CBS News and other media outlets made the projection around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, saying he was projected to win Pennsylvania, giving him enough electoral college votes to win the presidency.

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Moments later, cheers could be heard across various parts of New York City.

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One of the biggest celebrations took place in Times Square, where thousands of New Yorkers flocked to celebrate.

Around 2:45 p.m., the NYPD issued a travel advisory, urging people to avoid the area due to the large crowds.

From air horns to cars honking and people screaming, it was clear there was no shortage of celebration in Times Square throughout the day.

“Waiting for this decision has been stressful, but it’s worth it in the end,” said Cory Scott, of Williamsburg.

“Why was it important for you to be out here?” CBS2’s Cory James asked one woman.

“Because we fought so long for it,” she said.

“I’m so happy. God! Happy,” another woman said.

Months of a heated, contentious presidential race and days of waiting to learn the winner brought out thousands of New Yorkers to the Crossroads of the World

Some even traveled far to be there, like Shanty Maldonado, from Miami. She was taking in a moment she say her family has never experienced in their politically red state.

“Coming from south Florida, this is completely not what we see back at home,” Maldonado said. “I’m here and I’m emotional. This is unreal.”

Yacira Jardiaa, of Manhattan, echoed that, adding the sight of unity touches her heart.

“To see it coming back and to see so many people here from all walks of life is exactly what America needs and inclusion that we had,” she said.

But the excitement was not shared throughout the Tri-State Area.

In Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump’s supporters lined the street near Route 206, showcasing their support for him.

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Ricky Richard is among those who believe the president was robbed of a second term.

“We feel cheated,” he said. “I don’t think sleepy Joe is qualified to be a president, in all honesty. I don’t even think he should have been a candidate.”

Meanwhile, Gavin Wax, president of the New York Young Republican Club, is holding on to hope.

“I don’t think it’s 100% over yet,” he said. “While they are calling it now, I think there’s going to be a lot of legal battles, there’s going to be recounts.”

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But for now, Biden fans are not worried about that and feel today is a victory for everyone in America.

“The nonsense is over. The nightmare has ended. Thank you, America, thank you. For all of our children, thank you,” Aleta Lafargue, of Hell’s Kitchen, said.

Hundreds of NYPD officers have been monitoring the crowds and traffic across the city. The NYPD says celebrations have been peaceful so far.

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Comments (5)
  1. CYRUS says:

    Please, it is looking far too crowded in many places right now. I realize this is a joyous occasion for many, but we are still in the midst of a very serious pandemic and you can not lose focus of that reality.

    1. Lou says:

      Did anyone notice how liberals pulled their US flag out of their trash cans and ash heaps and NOW love the flag? Nothing worse than a sunshine patriot.

  2. Hosers2 says:

    Imagine had President Trump prevailed and had been awarded a second term. These people celebrating would be burning down their liberal Democratic run cities at this very moment. Thank God they were able to rig the election system enough to save our businesses so Biden could have a chance to destroy them through taxing them.

  3. CYRUS says:

    Change is often good, but it is wise to not have overly high expectations that this change in leadership will solve all of our problems. It will still require hard work, a clear perspective, and people working together to achieve any real change.

  4. Whyputaname says:

    YAAAAAAYYYYY Way to go Joe!!!!!

    Donald YOU’RE FIRED!!!!!!!

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