It may have seemed like the 2016 presidential election would never come to an end, but alas it will as voting wraps up Nov. 8. It's been a rough year and a half for many voters, suffering through so many debates, gaffes, crazy revelations, and campaign scandals. With election night finally nearing, you may be wondering how to watch election results live in New York. For New Yorkers, there are so many ways to keep track of the results, you're sure to find an option that fits your needs.
No longer are you confined to watching the election results on a cable news channel alone. Today's offerings of election news coverage span a wide spectrum thanks to developing technology and a willingness of businesses to take in patrons in order to make some money on election night. And if you'd like to curl up on your couch in your Nasty Woman shirt and a bottle of wine, that's just fine too. No matter your political affiliation, there's bound to be a suitable method of watching the results out there for you.
Below are just some of the numerous ways New Yorkers can pay attention to the election results in real time.
The theater company is joining forces with CNN for election night to bring viewers coverage from the biggest screens possible. The catch? You either have to be an AMC Stubs member, or know a member who will bring you as one of two guests. Also, the theaters are being split up into Democratic and Republican viewing parties, so if you're not interested in fighting with the other side the whole night, this might be the place to go. The fun starts at 7 p.m. EST.
If you want to cuddle up on the comfort of your own couch this election night, there are plenty of cable channels that will be broadcasting live coverage. Expect the usual suspects to be hosting coverage (CNN, Fox News, MSNBC), along with a few special shows.
Stephen Colbert is leaving CBS for the night to host an election special with Showtime called "Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night - Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going To Clean Up This S*** ?". It will be similar to Colbert's usual Late Show.
For cord-cutters, there are also options with online streaming feeds. ABC will stream from Ustream.
According to Patch, Clinton will be live-streaming her event at the Javits Center, in case you can't make it or just don't want to battle a million other New Yorkers to get in.
Also, YouTube will be streaming NBC, PBS, MTV, Bloomberg, Telemundo and The Young Turks on Election Day, starting at 7 p.m. EST.
Not to leave out those who still rely on radio news, ABC has announced its election night coverage for audio lovers. ABC News Radio correspondents Aaron Katersky and Karen Travers will anchor the program, beginning at 7 p.m. EST.
In 2016, not only can you look to social media to find out what your cousins are doing, but you can also keep up on your political and breaking news. Twitter took advantage of the instantaneous nature of its platform to live-stream the presidential debates, and now it's offering a similar feature for the general election. BuzzFeed also announced plans last month to stream their election night coverage on Twitter. Naturally, news organizations will also be updating their feeds as results come in.
Find An Election Party To Attend
There's going to be plenty of parties hosted in bars and establishments throughout the boroughs, so you have your pick of places to go. Here are some choices:
- Hillary For America Election Night Event: That's right. The woman who might smash another glass ceiling has picked a building full of glass ceilings (the Javits Center) to host her election night party. Admission is free.
- East Village For Hillary: Join fellow Clinton supporters at Mary O's in the East Village for a good time. Admission is free with a two-drink minimum.
- Political Party With Keli Goff: Keli Goff will host a party with games, commentary, and WNYC reporters. Admission is $20 and includes a drink.
- WomenWerk Watch Party: Join the ladies of WomenWerk at Stout NYC Grand Central for a rousing networking and election viewing time. Admission is free.
- The Gist And Trumpcast Election Night Extravaganza: Head to Brooklyn with Slate at the Bell House with Mike Pesca and Jacob Weisberg hosting. Admission is $20 and includes a drink.
- Q.E.D Election Night Watch Party: Hosted by Rory Scholl, Q.E.D. will provide a viewing party for those in Queens who want to stay close to home. Admission is $12.
- Election Night Live With The New York Times: Yes, major editors from the news organization will be at the party at The Times Center. But, yes, it also costs $250.
No matter where you watch the results roll in or which candidate you choose, hopefully you'll get at least a little satisfaction about the fact that the current election cycle will finally be over.