It started with a low rumble that sounded like faraway crowd noise coming from a football stadium. Then came the loud honking of car horns. Some people dashed out of their apartments and began dancing in the streets, joined by others who banged on pots and pans. One man popped open a bottle of champagne in the middle of a Brooklyn block.

Many New York City neighborhoods erupted in celebration on Saturday after major news organizations declared that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had won the presidential race. The response recalled the cheers for essential workers that had broken out in the first months of the pandemic at 7 p.m. every night in the city.

Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

It started with a low rumble that sounded like faraway crowd noise coming from a football stadium. Then came the loud honking of car horns. Some people dashed out of their apartments and began dancing in the streets, joined by others who banged […]

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