As the jumbotron on 125th Street showed CNN announcing that Barack Obama is leading in Florida, the crowd here cheered.
But 27-year-old arts administrator Daisy Rosario of Harlem pressed a blue Obama poster over her mouth and tried not to cry.
"The last eight years have been awful," she said. "On September 11, I was in the first tower that got hit. Since then," she went on, referring to the Bush years, "it's been a long, sad journey."
She added, "I just want it to be over."