NYC is bidding to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention

New York City is vying to host the Democratic National Convention for the sixth time, officials announced Thursday, in what would be a much-needed economic boon in the wake of the pandemic.

If the Big Apple is selected for DNC 2024, Madison Square Garden would be the main venue for the event, and the nearby, newly expanded Javits Center would host additional gatherings, the mayor’s office said.

The bid to host the Summer 2024 affair was formally submitted Thursday before the Friday deadline, City Hall said.

“This is a moment for Team New York,” Mayor Eric Adams said during a press conference at the all-new, 77-story One Vanderbilt.

“This is not about Democrat or Republican; It’s about how we bring resources into our city. It will affect all five counties,” he added, noting the presence of Republican Councilman 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 there are over 45,000 hotel rooms within a one-mile radius two convention sites, and that City Hall has made arrangements with 86 hotels to provide 14,500 hotel rooms for delegates and other convention-goers.

A successful bid could bring a boon to economic activity in the five boroughs, where more than 30,000 people would travel to for the event, said Andrew Kimball, head of the City Economic Development Corporation, citing DNC forecasts.

New York Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams and other elected leaders submit a bid for the 2024 Democratic National Convention on May 26, 2022.
Michael Appleton/Office of the Mayor

“Convention will not only have a major impact on our economy, especially small businesses in a trade corridor hardest hit by the pandemic, but it will demonstrate on the national and international stage that New York City is back,” he said he .

The Democratic Party’s presidential nomination ceremony was last held in New York City in 1992. Then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton announced Tennessee Senator Al Gore as his running mate. Previously, the Big Apple hosted the event in 1868, 1924, 1976, and 1980.

“It’s been 30 years since the DNC was in New York City and I think it’s about time they came back,” said Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-Upper East Side).

Eric Adams
Adams believes New York is the perfect location for the convention, with enough space for all attendees.
Michael Appleton/Office of the Mayor

“As we look forward to the 2024 presidential election, New York City will provide the ideal springboard for ushering 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 newly drawn borough of Manhattan.

Adams’ chief of staff Frank Carone, who is leading the effort along with Deputy Mayor Maria Torres-Springer, according to Politico New York, said: “We are here today to commemorate that.” [Democrats] that there is no city … where your delegates will enjoy more.”

The last time a major convention was held in the Big Apple was in 2004, when the GOP convention was held in Madison Square Garden, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg unsuccessfully tried to get both Democrats and Republicans to send their delegates to the legendary arena to bring from Manhattan.

Democratic National Convention 2024
Political leaders want to focus on the benefits this convention can have for New York’s economy.
Michael Appleton/Office of the Mayor

Bloomberg said at the time that the 2004 Republican National Convention generated $255 million in “net new economic activity.” Hosting the event was also linked to 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 filed by protesters, journalists, and bystanders who claimed they were wrongfully arrested during the demonstrations.

Also in 2014, former Mayor Bill de Blasio appealed to the DNC to move the 2016 convention to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, but the DNC chose Philadelphia.

Convention 2020 was held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but was a scaled-down, primarily online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC is bidding to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention


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