His family was about to go on vacation, and he was already going to Brooklyn to kayak at Brooklyn Bridge Park, so he figured he might as well check out the new location.
“I really like the aesthetics of the store,” he said. “I feel like they try to keep the architecture and the building aesthetically very original.”
The Richmond Hill native, who is about to enter his senior year at Stuyvesant High School, was sporting a Bernie Sanders t-shirt. Although he’s not of voting age just yet, he’s still paying attention to the 2016 election season.
“During the convention, a lot of people were angry. There were many 'Bernie or bust' delegates who were protesting,” Hossain said. “A lot of people thought it was going to be boring, but it was actually interesting.”
Although his preferred candidate lost, Hossain is still not entirely sold on Hillary Clinton. He said he’s worried about issues like corruption and Clinton’s tendency to change views on issues.
“When she says something, I really do believe that she will go through with it,” he said, “but what keeps her from changing in the first place?”
Contrast that to Sanders, he said, who means everything he says from the very beginning.
If it came down to Trump or Clinton, Hossain would choose Clinton. He wouldn’t consider any of the third-party candidates.
“I really do understand the argument for Bernie or bust or Jill Stein, but if you vote for them, you’re essentially voting for Trump,” he said. “You can wiggle your way out all you want, there’s just no way around that.”
Looking forward to colleges, Hossain said he’s been looking at American University and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“I’m really interested in politics and history,” he said. “I really want to go there.”