If you can’t get your broke ass down to DC, the New York City Council will open City Hall to the public to show Barack Obama’s inauguration on big screen TVs. Via emailed press release:
Speaker Christine C. Quinn, the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and the New York City Council announce that City Hall will open its doors to all New Yorkers on January 20th, 2009 – Inauguration Day – so they can come together to view the historic moment that President-Elect Barack Obama is sworn into office. Voter turnout in the 2008 election was a record high and the enthusiasm that began back in November has continued and has created significant interest in the inauguration.
Recognizing that during these difficult financial times, many New Yorkers may be unable to make the trip to Washington DC for the inauguration, The City Council has decided to open up its side of City Hall to the public for the occasion. Specifically, the City Council will set up big screen televisions in City Council Chambers, The Committee Room, and The Rotunda. The doors for the event will open at 10:30am and the event will continue throughout the day until President-Elect Obama’s speech has concluded. New Yorkers who are interested in coming to City Hall on inauguration day should RSVP by January 16, 2009 to 212-442-6245 or email to [email protected]
Note that you must RSVP to attend.