It was a strange day, even for Times Square. Normally a home for costumed characters and international tourists, the center of the universe found itself eerily quiet on the day of the 2020 presidential election. Workers slowly boarded up storefronts in preparation for protests like the ones after the killing of George Floyd.
A few tourists and costumed characters did mill about, but most were wearing masks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a twist, it seemed that there were more members of the media than protesters despite the stakes of the election. NYPD officers were present all day, setting up barriers for a crowd that never materialized.
As the polls closed and results came in, people gathered around the ABC News ticker to watch states slowly turn red or blue. There were no loud cheers or wild celebrations. Even political arguments among people in the square never went beyond yelling. The storm would come, soon enough. Just not that day.
This is a project of Lori Grinker’s graduate photojournalism class.