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Former New York politico reimagines Javits Center in Queens

The former deputy mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding in New York proposed constructing an $8 billion, 3.1 million square-foot convention center in Queens, N.Y.

This idea to build a highly competitive public assembly venue in the largest of the five boroughs is nothing new, but Daniel Doctoroff – who is also president and CEO of Bloomberg LP – reiterated in a New York Times op-ed on Nov. 28 why he thought the plan would boost New York’s tradeshow and convention industry, which currently ranks 64th in the world.

Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, N.Y., U.S.
Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, N.Y., U.S.

In short, Doctoroff proposes dismantling what we now know as Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and selling it and its land to fund the reimagined Javits Center.

This completely new venue would be built on a platform over the 160-acre rail yard in Sunnyside, Queens. Not only would the new facility fund itself and not cost taxpayers anything, said Doctoroff, but it would revitalize Sunnyside too.

He envisions the new venue surrounded by affordable housing, hotels, retail spaces and offices.

The plan has already been criticized by other New York officials, but Doctoroff maintained that it would solve two major problems afflicting Javits due to its location in Manhattan.

Queens would be less expensive for convention travelers than Manhattan, especially in regards to hotel rates, and the proposed 3.1 million square-foot facility would be able to accommodate more events than the 1.8 million square-foot Javits Center.

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