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New Yorkers are leaving each other loving post-it notes to support each other after the election

A Manhattan subway station is the site of the new art project.

NEW YORKERS STRUGGLING with post-election stress have found an outlet for the blues, by pouring their political souls onto sticky notes that fill walls of a Manhattan subway station.

In the days after Republican Donald Trump won the White House, Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss brought many of her New York supporters to tears — even in public.

"Immigrants Make America Great" #Lovetrumpshate in #newyork #subwaytherapy

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Enter 28-year-old Brooklyn artist Matthew Chavez, known as Levee. He set up a table in a long tunnel of the Union Square station where he hands out the blank pastel notes on which straphangers scribble.

He calls this “Subway Therapy.” It’s free.

Subway Therapy The notes are being left on the underground passageway that connects the 1 train to the L train on 14th St. Source: Mary Altaffer/PA

More than 1,500 people have shared their grief and anxiety since Wednesday, posting thoughts on the white subway tiles.

The uplifting art installation counterbalances what Clinton supporters say is Trump’s racism, bigotry and ignorance.

One note reads, “You will not divide us. Love is everything.” Another says,

It doesn’t end today.

One says: “If they go low, we go high,” echoing first lady Michelle Obama.

Another sticky note offers soothing words, saying, “Everything will be alright.” But a few feet over, another person wasn’t so sure: “What do we do now?”

There was an answer amid the sea of impromptu messages.

“We’ve been through worse (meaning 9/11) and the city will unite,” the light pink sticky note said.

We will get through this together because love trumps hate.

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