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Jokes abound over Yang’s choice for favorite subway station

May 24, 2021 Associated Press
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Forget which sports team to root for, or who makes the best pizza.

New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang apparently hit a nerve with his answer to a question that people may not have realized was a burning issue — what’s your favorite subway station?

His response? Times Square.

Yang’s choice of the midtown Manhattan, tourist-heavy station launched an onslaught of social media responses, with some questioning how much of a New Yorker he could really be and others rolling their eyes at the whole thing.

Ziwe, a comedian with a show on Showtime, brought up the subways in an interview with Yang, asking him about his favorite stop.

“It’s my stop, so Times Square,” Yang replied, to which she reacted with more than a little disbelief.

Yang replied, “It’s big, it’s cavernous, there are entertainers there, sure, what’s not to like?”

Asked for comment, the Yang campaign pushed back against what it considers a narrative making the candidate out as someone who’s not a real New Yorker.

Alyssa Cass, communications director, said, “It’s hard to tell what offends them more — that his family has lived near that subway stop for 25 years or that he’s an Asian American.”

Yang, the former presidential candidate, is among several candidates in the Democratic primary for mayor. The primary election is on June 22.


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