Some folks wish to get out the vote. Others simply wish to get out.
New Yorkers are on edge after a leaked NYPD memo, obtained by The Put up, revealed this week that police are making ready for protests to start as early as Oct. 25 and develop in depth by way of subsequent 12 months. The division decreed officers ought to “be ready for deployment,” including: “This November third will probably be some of the extremely contested presidential elections within the trendy period. There may be additionally a powerful chance that the winner of the presidential election will not be determined for a number of weeks.”
It’s sufficient to make some residents run for the hills.
Paulo Wei, a 25-year-old Columbia pupil who lives in a luxurious constructing on the Higher West Aspect, is heading to his household’s 60-acre farm in Port Jervis, two hours north of NYC, to keep away from a repeat of the unrest that freaked him out this summer time.
“I felt trapped within the condominium — the protests have been overwhelming,” mentioned Wei, noting that crowds typically gathered on the West Aspect Freeway close to his dwelling. “It might occur once more and I don’t wish to be caught up in that. Regardless of who wins, somebody goes to get upset.”
He plans to proceed his research in laptop science, and run his farm-to-table meal-delivery service, Our Kitchen, remotely. “I’ll come again when every little thing is settled down.” (As a Chinese language citizen, he can’t vote.)
Flatiron resident Andrea, 31, additionally determined to pack up earlier than Nov. 3. “I went to my dad and mom in New Jersey for about two weeks when the BLM protests received dangerous and the looting began. So I positively wish to get out of right here the week of the election,” mentioned the public-relations specialist, a Republican who requested that her final identify not be used. “I’m pondering if Trump wins, it’s going to be a catastrophe — town will probably be on hearth. Individuals are going to go nuts.”
She and two girlfriends are heading to Tulum, Mexico, from Oct. 25 till Nov. 8. “I feel I’ll keep away from plenty of it,” she mentioned.
And a few New Yorkers who fled due to lockdown haven’t any plans to return till after the election. Ooana Trien, 42, an artist from Hell’s Kitchen, has been staying in her household’s Hearth Island dwelling since mid-July.
The Trump supporter, who’s mailing in her poll, plans to open up her doorways to others seeking to escape. “I advised my buddies that whoever needed to get out of town was welcome right here. One pal who lives in Washington Heights goes to vote within the morning [on Nov. 3] and are available straight as much as the seashore,” she mentioned. “My mom thinks that whether or not [Trump] wins or loses, protesters will attempt to burn down Trump Tower.”
And it’s not simply New Yorkers in flight-or-fight mode. Kacie, a Los Angeles-based graphic designer who declined to offer her final identify, has rented a cabin in Massive Bear, Calif., throughout the week of the election. “I don’t wish to be wherever close to West Hollywood, the place I reside,” the Biden voter, 37, mentioned. “I feel everybody’s misplaced their rattling minds.
She’s invited 5 buddies to hitch her for board video games and dips within the scorching tub — and no contact with the remainder of the world. “We’ve one rule for the precise election night time: Nobody is allowed to make use of their telephone.”