New York City is in the running to host the Democratic National Convention for the sixth time, officials announced Thursday, in what would be a much-needed post-pandemic economic boon.
If the Big Apple is chosen for DNC 2024, Madison Square Garden would be the main site for the event, and the newly expanded Javits Center nearby would host additional gatherings, the mayor’s office said.
The bid to host the summer 2024 case was officially submitted Thursday ahead of Friday’s deadline, the town hall said.
“This is a Team New York moment,” Mayor Eric Adams said during a press conference in the brand new 77-story One Vanderbilt.
“It’s not about Democrat or Republican; it’s about how we bring resources to our city. This is going to have an impact on the five boroughs, ”he added, noting the presence of Republican Councilor Joe Borelli at the press conference. “We are recovering, we are moving in the right direction. … We’re on the right track, New York.
The mayor’s office says more than 45,000 hotel rooms are located within a one-mile radius of the two convention sites, and that City Hall has agreements with 86 hotels to reserve 14,500 hotel rooms for delegates and other convention visitors.
A successful bid could bring a boon of economic activity to the five boroughs, where more than 30,000 people would turn out for the event, said the head of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, Andrew Kimball, citing DNC projections. .
“Not only will the convention have a big impact on our economy, especially for small businesses in a trade corridor hardest hit by the pandemic, but it will also show on the national and international stage that New York is back,” said he declared. .
The nomination ceremony for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates was last held in New York in 1992, when. Bill Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas, announced that Tennessee Senator Al Gore was his running mate. Previously, the Big Apple had hosted the event in 1868, 1924, 1976 and 1980.
“It’s been 30 years since the DNC has been in New York, and I think it’s time for them to come back,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Upper East Side) said.
“As we eagerly await the 2024 presidential election, New York City will be the perfect springboard to usher the Democratic Party into the next era,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Upper West Side), who is running against Maloney in the Democratic Primary for the redesigned borough of Manhattan.
Adams’ chief of staff Frank Carone — who, along with Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer, is leading the effort, according to Politico New York — said, “We are here today to remind [Democrats] that there is no city… where your delegates will enjoy being more.
The last time the Big Apple hosted a major party convention was in 2004, when the GOP convention was held in Madison Square Garden after Mayor Michael Bloomberg unsuccessfully tried to bring Democrats and Republicans to bring their delegates to the iconic Manhattan arena.
Bloomberg said at the time that the 2004 Republican National Convention produced $255 million in “net new economic activity.” The staging of the event was also accompanied by days of massive protests that resulted in more than 1,000 arrests.
In 2014, the city agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits brought by protesters, journalists and bystanders who alleged they were wrongfully detained amid protests.
Also in 2014, former mayor Bill de Blasio appealed to the DNC to bring the 2016 convention to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but the DNC chose Philadelphia.
The 2020 convention was held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but was a scaled-down, mostly online affair due to the COVID-19 pandemic.