City Sells BK to DNC for 2016

A youth marching band and dancers in red sequins performed outside the Barclays Center Monday morning as elected leaders and de Blasio administration officials showed off the venue and the borough's finest to the Democratic National Committee.

Members of the DNC are in New York on Monday and Tuesday as the city competes to host the 2016 presidential convention in Brooklyn for the first time.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, talking up the Subway, brought a Boston brogue to the festivities.

"There it is, the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q, D, N, R, L-I-R-R," said Bratton, gesturing towards the Atlantic Avenue station.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton boosts Brooklyn for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Convention regular, New York's senior Senator Charles Schumer, says the city has better hotel space than any other city, even if most of it is in Manhattan.

"It's closer to the convention center than it has been in most of the other cities," Schumer added. "Believe me, I was there."

US Sen. Charles Schumer with Brooklyn United Marching Band for Democratic National Committee's tour of the Barclays center. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said the city has more than 100,000 hotel rooms and the most extensive transportation network in the country. "There is simply no other city in the United States that can do this," Glen said.

But four other cities are trying — Columbus, Birmingham, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. The DNC will announce which city it selects later this year or early next year.