Some New York lawyers gave up their billable hours on Election Day to volunteer at a national election hotline. The Election Protections hotline, administered by the National Campaign for Fair Elections, was set up to handle voter questions ranging from voter fraud issues to to poll locations.
In Chinatown, the McCain v. Obama race is the Mak Hoi Yan v. Oh Ba Mah contest. Meet Eddie Chiu, the Chinatown powerbroker who translates candidates' names into Cantonese characters.
Most Muslims interviewed at city mosques say the are voting for Barack Obama. Their views are in keeping with a national trend: More Muslim and Arab Americans are voting blue than in years past.
Growing grassroots Internet activism – commonly referred to as the “Netroots” – is credited with helping energize the Democratic Party. Young Obama supporters are runnings phone banks, organizing "street teams," and hitting battleground states, using the Internet as an organizing tool.
Campaign T-shirts – ranging from "Blondes For Obama" to the canine-inspired “Bark for Obama” – are for sale in Union Square.
More than 200 people were sworn in as U.S. citizens in Lower Manhattan on Oct. 10 – just in time to make the state voter registration deadline.
Some East Village residents are upset over what they call the slow pace of a playground overhaul project in Tompkins Square Park.
Target opened four mini-stores for four days in Manhattan – capitalizing on the buzz-generating "pop-up" shop trend.