City Sells BK to DNC for 2016

Monday, August 11, 2014

Democratic National Commitee site selection committee is greeted by the Brooklyn United Marching Band outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

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.


David L. Lewis


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Comments [3]

Michael Deegan

Try taking the A or C to Hoyt and Schermerhorn just a couple of blocks from the BC and stop a taxi if you can find one and ask them to take you to the BC. You will be amazed how they will not have a clue. Been there, done it.

Aug. 12 2014 07:45 AM

You're kidding, right? Taxis won't be able to find the Barclay's Center in downtown Brooklyn?

Aug. 11 2014 09:55 PM
Michael Deegan

The chances of the DNC in Brooklyn are very, very slim. No Hotels, Restaurants and plus taxi cabs will not be able to find it. That area has been a dead zone for the last 30 years. There was a reason why the Dodgers left the area. We should try and remember our History lessons and we would not waste all this money on trying to sell a venue when there are hundreds of better ones. The 100,000 hotel rooms are far away.

Aug. 11 2014 08:19 PM

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