City pitches Barclays as potential venue for 2016 political bash

City pitches Barclays as potential venue for 2016 political bash

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Brooklyn is in the running to be the host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The mayor’s office is pitching the Barclays Center as a possible venue for the Democrats’ quadrennial presidential-candidate nominating ritual. The obvious best choice to host the event appears alongside Manhattan’s played-out Jacob Javits Convention Center and Madison Square Garden in a letter from a deputy of Mayor DeBlaiso outlining the virtues of New York to the liberal party’s lead event planner, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“The new Barclays Center, in the heart of Brooklyn, is a multi-purpose venue that can accommodate audiences of up to 18,000,” wrote Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, in a March 1 letter to the committee first obtained by the New York Daily News.

The missive lumps the Prospect Heights arena in with its aging counterparts in Manhattan in the description that follows.

“Each of these state-of-the-art venues is well-equipped to host the Democratic National Convention Committee’s operations,” the letter says. “Each is also located close to the transit hubs, hotels, restaurants, theaters, and attractions that inspire more than 54 million people to visit New York City every year.”

The convention would be Brooklyn’s first presidential nominating bash and, drawing tens of thousands of politicos, would be even larger and substantially longer than last year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

A major political convention could be a boon to borough hotels, bars, and restaurants, but would also bring with it a massive security apparatus and possibly major protests.

In its letter, the mayor’s office brushed aside worries about terrorism, calling New York “America’s safest big city.”

Republicans held their convention in Manhattan in 2004, drawing legions of delegates and hundreds of thousands of protesters who, along with the massive police presence deployed to corral them, snarled traffic for five days before, during, and after the convention.

Some of those demonstrators wound up in a makeshift waterfront jail that came to be known in activist circles as “Guantanamo on the Hudson” and the city has paid or is in the process of paying more than $19 million for the illegal arrests of 1,800.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As much as I support the DNC coming to NYC, I would rather not have them at the Barclays Center especially when good number of subsidies state taxes are already going to this right now.
April 23, 2014, 3:21 pm
Epiphany from Long ex-Brooklyn says:
The Barclay Center (and Brooklyn itself) is the perfect location for the corrupt Democrat political machine to congregate. Maybe Jay Z (former Barclay Center partner) can proudly address the delegates and describe how he rose up to be a hero (and business, man) by selling crack to neighborhood kids. Maybe Beyonce can reminisce about how Ghaddafi's son paid her $1,000,000 to shake her butt and sing at his birthday party.

Heck, Hillary can look good telling us what preemptive war she'd next support, like the last one in Iraq she and Chucky Schumer enthusiastically greenlighted until it was a political hot potato for their political ambitions. (Remember that one cost the deaths of perhaps over 100,000 civilians, cost about a trillion dollars and arguably was a factor in bringing on the recession?) Also, Hillary can talk out both sides of her mouth and rail against Russia, while pontificating in a venue with a major stake Russian owner.

It all fits together, because Brooklyn is quickly turning into the new Arkansas! (Why didn't she run for Senator of Arkansas? People who gave her a chance not good enough for her anymore?)

She'd be in good company with all the Brooklyn Democrats who were recently taken away in handcuffs or indicted - and you sleepwalking suckers let them back in anyway.

Yep, Brooklyn is full of greedy, self-serving politicians and their corporate supporters with DeBlasio their #1 vacuous, hypocritical cheerleader. It is also full of desperately poor people everyday living farther and farther from his Park Slope residence.
April 23, 2014, 6:54 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Yep, that would be just about perfect; the height of hipstertude, gentrification and sell-out Democrat neo-cons all in one place. They can all jump a shark together.
April 23, 2014, 9:36 pm
The Duke from Flatbush says:
Lol at blaming Hillary and Schumer for the Iraq debacle. Their crime was being too gutless to stand up to the war criminals in the White House that planned to invade Iraq right after they stole the election in 2000.
April 23, 2014, 11:55 pm
Epiphany from Long Ex-Brooklyn says:
Duke: These were the only people who had a chance to say no to Colin Powell's bumbling "yes sir" lies before the UN. And they were too cowardly and immoral to jump the party line.

Anyway, besides this past sad debacle, as I suggested, it'd be ironic to see all those corrupt Brooklyn Democrats (and celebrities) congregate in a stadium named after a bank that was guilty of fixing interest rates a couple of years ago. If Barclay could, I'm sure they'd love to funnel a big contribution to both the Clinton and Schumer campaigns (Again, ironic that Schumer has served on both the Senate Banking and Finance Committees!!!). In case Brooklynites forgot after eating too many artisanal pickles and seeing too many indie bands and hip hop shows, here's the low down on how Barclay played, courtesy of the BBC:

"As early as 2005 there was evidence Barclays had tried to manipulate dollar Libor and Euribor (the eurozone's equivalent of Libor) rates at the request of its derivatives traders and other banks.

Misconduct was widespread, involving staff in New York, London and Tokyo as well as external traders.

Between January 2005 and June 2009, Barclays derivatives traders made a total of 257 requests to fix Libor and Euribor rates, according to a report by the FSA.

One Barclays trader told a trader from another bank in relation to three-month dollar Libor: "duuuude... what's up with ur guys 34.5 3m fix... tell him to get it up!".

But all this is probably too complicated for the self-involved, checked out present day Brooklynite to entertain. I can understand they feel powerless in the face of the Brooklyn Democratic Party Machine. Understandable that they don't have time to protest when they are struggling to pay their rent or getting evicted by the people who funded DeBlasio' and Schumer's campaigns. And wait til you see the New York money that goes into Hillary's! As always, she's posed to deliver to her friends if she wins!
April 24, 2014, 2:29 am
Whittaker Chambers from Freedom says:
There's always the COMINTERN.

Catsimatidis (what ever happened to that guy, anyway) wanted to bring back the World's Fair to Queens.

Maybe this guy will bring back the International? I wonder what number are they up to these days.
April 24, 2014, 5:15 am
Dot from Daasssshhhhh says:
Horray for Bolshivik Bill!
April 24, 2014, 6:27 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
It would be a mistake for the democratic party to hold the convention in NYC. Do I have to explain this?
April 24, 2014, 8:02 am
ty from pps says:
Most of these comments are just nonsense, but of course the cherry on top is the very first comment by Mr. Tal Barzilai... There's a large arena in Brooklyn, but he would rather see it a vacant shell. Since, ya know, who cares when you live in PLEASANTVILLE.
April 24, 2014, 8:50 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Ugh, no. Who would want to put up with all the security measures they'd enact? Anywhere but Brooklyn.
April 24, 2014, 11:42 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, keep in mind that the Atlantic Yards is considered part of the state, not the city, so I do have a say on this considering my taxes are going to it as well as yours.
April 24, 2014, 3:59 pm
jay from nyc says:
you forget to mention Yvette Clark, a national disgrace who is the congresswoman from Brooklyn. Here is a link to one of her finer moments, which is maybe explained by the fact that she claimed she graduated form college but really didn't and then tried to say she forget she did not graduate.
April 24, 2014, 7:48 pm

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