Democratic National Convention: Brooklyn, 2016?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Members of the Democratic National Committee are scoping out the Barclay's Center as a possible host for the DNC's convention in 2016. Mayor de Blasio, Senator Schumer and the Clintons are all in favor of the idea. Are you? Call in with thoughts on the pros and cons of Brooklyn hosting the convention. 

Comments [16]

Bob T from NJ

Definitely not. The National Democratic Party needs to host their convention in a middle of the road conservative state, like OH or AZ, not in Brooklyn, an east coast elitist, hipster, politically progressive city. The presidential candidate (Hillary) could loose votes if the primary is in multicultural, uberliberal Brooklyn. Cincinnati has my vote.

Aug. 13 2014 10:44 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey


I haven't forgotten that Occupy Wall Street was about the lopsided recovery, loss of real opportunity and the 1 percent. Obamacare is fading as a motive force in election politics as Americans learn that all of the GOP/TP "the sky will fall" handwringing was just sh*t they'd say to get a vote. The near constant use of military assets to resolve issues? Isn't that what the old saying 'If all you have is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail.' means? The State Department and foreign aid budgets would need to be much higher in order for us to use drones and our fleets. We acted properly in Lybia (though our embassy staff should have been better protected) and Syria was forced to give up all chemical weapon stockpiles without firing a shot. Just imagine if Bush had been capable of pulling that off.
I have no doubt that there will be protests, the media coverage almost guarantees them but the degree of coverage and any attempt to effect the outcome with them is more hope than reality.

Aug. 13 2014 09:36 AM

Bring it on. This is the natural consequence of Brooklyn's 20+ years of redevelopment and rebranding. Brooklynites (many of whom are transplants) know the benefits of this redevelopment. They cannot and should not stop the party now, especially if it's an opportunity to focus on urban and regional planning, mass transit and rail, and investing in cultural life.

Also, in not letting cities or economies collapse.

Who cares that their hotels will be in Manhattan? The same was true for the disaster that was Chris Christie's Super Bowl. The difference is that the NYC subway can handle the bump in ridership.

Aug. 13 2014 09:07 AM
Philip Vitale from Brooklyn

I'm lifelong Democrat and a long time Brooklyn resident (34 years). But I say: NO stay out of Brooklyn and go to Madison Square garden or the Javitts center or someplace else in the U.S. Really like we don't have enough traffic and train problems as it is. I've been a de Blasio supporter (beginning to wonder now) and I don't like that this is a blatant attempt for him to raise his political profile. Not to mention that this is going to cost tax payers money regardless of what he says. (Oh ten million tops, he says) And on that subject why would it cost tax payers in any case. Why wouldn't the DNC and their donors pay for everything as well as make a major donation to NYC if they took over the Barclay center? Really let's get some priorities straight in this city.

Aug. 13 2014 07:34 AM
lk from brooklyn

For two days there have been hundreds of policeman, streets closed off so that buses of convention judges led by deBlasio could show off how they could all get through Brooklyn for the convention. What did that cost the taxpayers? I saw many policemen standing around the neighborhoods near by doing nothing for the whole day being paid with our money so that deBlasio could make his case in the hope to be on a stage at the Democratic Convention. AT the Barclay's Center the circling sign flashes DNC 2016. DeBlasio said that no shops would be closed or lose business if the convention is held there. Ha Ha. The neighborhoods will be under assault with helicopters and police and closed streets.
Any place but Brooklyn!

Aug. 12 2014 11:51 PM

RUCB_Alum, you forgot about Occupy Wall Street already? That happened under the Obama presidency. Real leftists have no love for Obama. As for me, I wouldn't mind protesting Obamacare considering my health insurance was cancelled by it and I can't afford the new 30% more expensive replacement plan with all the extra pill subsidies that I don't need. But I think most people will be protesting the constant warfare: have you forgotten our role in the "regime change" in Libya? Or support for the Syrian rebels? (Before we were against them that is), our support for the fascist coup in Ukraine and so on and so forth...and by "our" what I mean of course is "Obama's".

Aug. 12 2014 12:14 PM

What is this presumption of mass protests at the Democratic Convention of 2016?? What's to protest? ObamaCare? Well, that would be the Right protesting wouldn't it? If the NYPD were to crack some of those numbskulls, I don't think it would create a ground swell of sympathy for the TP.
What precisely does the Left have to protest? Gitmo still in operation? Over-use of drones to kill people? Guilt over not showing up to vote in November 2010? What?

It's the RNC not the DNC that needs to fear public protest and outrage (and the optics of an overzealous policing), imo.

Aug. 12 2014 11:50 AM
Amy from Manhattan

"Free speech zones"? Under the 1st Amendment, this entire *country* is a free speech zone! (& I carried a sign that said so at the RNC convention protests)

And Mark? In the end, the '68 convention was known for the police head-cracking abuses more than for the protests themselves.

Aug. 12 2014 11:50 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd rather they had it in someplace that really shows the diversity of the US, like, say, Corona!

Aug. 12 2014 11:43 AM
Rob from Ft. Greene

This is nothing but a chance for blowhards like Chuck Schumer and now Bill de Blasio to have a high-profile stage to show off on. What real benefit is there? Does anyone really think that it will bring a net financial gain to the city? Does New York need any more attention?

Anyhow, the Barclays City is a failed project - is anyone going to mention the broken promises about affordable housing and jobs if the convention is here?

Aug. 12 2014 11:41 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

1. It is true that there are insufficient hotel rooms in Brooklyn for all the DNC delegates, so many of them would probably be staying in lower Manhattan and/or midtown.

2. I would not expect many of the delegates to drive. It's simply insane to expect that. That's why we have subways. I would expect the MTA to put on extra trains for the duration, and put them on ALL DAY because the convention is really a 25-hour-a-day three-ring circus with people coming and going at odd hours. It would probably be a good idea to have a discounted or limited MetroCard for the duration of the convention so the delegates never have to worry about how to get around.

3. If this August is any measure, it seems that everyone who lives here is out of town, so I don't think it would be a problem. It would keep the economy of Brooklyn and Manhattan running until everyone gets back from the Hamptons. Traffic is reduced right now, so if they feel they MUST drive, but I think they'll find out why we use the subway quickly enough.

Aug. 12 2014 11:40 AM
MF from Staten Island

The delegates' commute and the traffic cluster frak that will come with it may serve to highlight the glaring issues with our infrastructure and prompt national action and reinvestment for our cities' future.

Hey, I can dream, right? I'll need something to do as I sit in the mess they cause.

Aug. 12 2014 11:39 AM
LK from Brooklyn

Hell, no! It would be horrible for Brooklyn. It would create a reason to set up more of a police state. Bratton did not say anything to indicate that it would be anything different than the RNC where there was wide spread abuse of civil rights.
I wonder if this was a promise made to Ratner by deBlasio since Ratner shoveled money to deBlasio's campaign as did much of the real estate industry.

Aug. 12 2014 11:38 AM
DC from Sunset Park,

I wouldn't even wish the DNC on Philly, much less these Washington insiders here in our borough.

Aug. 12 2014 11:35 AM


Uh-oh or hope so? You are so full of sh*t.

Try to remember that the American death toll in Vietnam was on its way to 16,000+ in 1968. (Half the American dead from that war occurred in the three years of '67-'69).

Bloomberg did not so much as crack heads, as illegally detain people in bus garages AND that each of these illegal detainees have been compensated out of city coffers. If Stop'd and Frisk'd citizens were accorded the same consideration, that policy would have been right-sized PDQ.

Aug. 12 2014 09:57 AM

Uh oh, with out Bloomberg around to crack heads things could get a little "shades of '68" out there especially with the new wave of bombings against Iraq by the Democratic drone master in the White House. Then again DeBlasio apparently has no problem letting the NYPD brutalize people despite riding a faux-lefist rocket into the political stratosphere. Could be fun to see how this plays out.

Aug. 12 2014 09:34 AM

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