Little Italy to Trump: You are Still a Loser

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 at 5:11 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Early Thursday morning, someone hung up a banner with a message to President Elect Donald Trump, on the fire escape of 226 Elizabeth St. in Little Italy.

The banner reads: “Ya may have won, but you are still a loser,” referring to the “I’m a winner” mantra that the Republican candidate ran on throughout the primaries and his presidential campaign. The banner hangs right above the UNIS clothing store, but the employee working inside said that the company was not responsible for the message, and that he had no idea where it came from.

While the banner’s author remains a mystery, so to does the idea of “winning” ( as of yet, Trump has not won the popular vote.)

Winning was the keyword of Trump’s campaign message, and if that sounds familiar, it should – winning was the exact same alpha-male slogan used by celebrity bad-boy Charlie Sheen during his meltdown back in 2011. Sheen gathered millions of likes and follows on social media for making a public spectacle out of himself. At that time, it appeared that Sheen was actually winning – simply by proclaiming himself a “winner.” But even Charlie Sheen later admitted that he was really losing, and that, in reality, he was just riding a gigantic wave of manic depression brought on by the sudden realization of his own mortality.

On Wednesday afternoon, the day after the election, a woman stood outside of the same building where the banner hangs, greeting strangers on the sidewalk with a large batch of fresh baked cookies and brownies. Even though she never mentioned Trump, nor gave a specific reason for her generosity, it was obvious what she was doing, Still, I inquired why she thought people would suddenly accept “candy from strangers.” The woman replied that she just felt like people out here needed some comfort today. Other pedestrians stopped as well – still too shell-shocked for political discussion, they just enjoyed the tasty treats, thankful for someone to share their grief with.

As I walked off, chomping away on two warm cookies stuck together, I suddenly felt guilty, then it occurred to me that there was a slight hint of shame in the eyes of that “cookie lady”, as if she had done something wrong and was trying to make up for it. After all, many New Yorkers awoke the day after with an odd feeling of embarrassment rather than anger.

About the Author: Eddie Panta is an artist, screenwriter, and event coordinator volunteer at Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden.

Recent Stories

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]