City pitches Barclays Center for 2016 DNC

DeBlasio: Brooklyn is political party central

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The obvious choice to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention is officially in the running.

The city sent its bid to host the presidential-candidate picking party to the Democratic National Committee on Thursday and put the Barclays Center at the conveniently located center of its pitch.

“To anchor the convention, we are eager to offer Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as the principal venue,” Mayor DeBlasio wrote in a letter to the committee. “This spectacular arena in one of the most dynamic and resurgent neighborhoods in our city is located atop nine subway lines and a stop on the Long Island Rail Road.”

The proposal also touts venues in other boroughs that could host events associated with the convention, but Brooklyn would get the main political rodeo if New York gets picked.

The Democrats issued a request for proposals to 15 cities back in April and a deputy for the mayor indicated then that Brooklyn could be an option for the quadrennial political ritual. This paper did a comprehensive analysis of the competition that conclusively showed the other contenders are all duds, especially Philadelphia.

In his letter to committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DeBlasio said the city’s essence is in line with the national political party’s.

“The values of the Democratic Party — inclusion, diversity, compassion — are part of our city’s spirit,” the letter says.

DeBlasio’s choice of Brooklyn to host the convention over Manhattan is another indication of Kings County’s rising political clout, according to one Democratic operative.

“Brooklyn is now in a dominant position in New York politics,” said veteran political strategist Hank Sheinkopf. “This would be the proverbial icing on the cake.”

In recent years political parties have held their conventions in swing states in an effort to try and garner additional votes in the general election. But having it in Brooklyn would be a great way to bring together disparate factions of the party, Sheinkopf said.

“Getting Democrats together is worse than herding cats,” he said. “What this would do is give them the appropriate place to come together — to bring together the Hillary Clinton wing of the party and the DeBlasio wing.”

The anointment ceremony would draw thousands of visitors to the city, packing hotels, bars, and restaurants.

The neighborhoods around Barclays Center would likely feel the biggest boon. And by 2016 some 2,000 hotel rooms should be available Downtown.

Brooklyn has never hosted a convention before, but Republicans held theirs in Manhattan in 2004. That event drew hundreds of thousands of protestors, saw 1,800 arrests, and snarled traffic for five days before, during, and after the convention.

Borough President Adams has not let any of that history dampen his enthusiasm for hosting.

“Our borough and our city embody the spirit and the energy that large-scale events need to succeed,” the Beep said in statement. “The time has come to bring the king- (or queen-) making convention to the county of Kings.”

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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Reasonable discourse

jj from park slope says:
I am NOT a registered democrat and don't generally care for politics but this would be so great for Brooklyn.
June 7, 2014, 11:57 am
No Way from BROOKLYN says:
There are not enough hotel rooms in Brooklyn to hold all the delegates press politicians. Not even close.

You would have to house most people in Manhattan and this would be a logistical nightmare as you would need dedicated bus lanes to take people from Manhattan to the convention but these dedicated bus lanes would stop all other traffic between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
June 7, 2014, 2:32 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
No no no no no no no!!!!!!! The lengths the NYPD went to, abusing the rights of lawful citizens during the last political party convention were appalling. The white-shirt Tony Baloney will get to pepper-spray some middle school students or something... These things need to be kept in lower tier cities that have dead downtown areas like Nashville or something, not Brooklyn.
June 7, 2014, 2:51 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I will only support having the DNC use that arena only after Ratner will actually build what he promised, which is the affordable housing he kept bringing up, and then it can be there.
June 7, 2014, 4:49 pm
Places to Stay from Brooklyn says:
There are plenty of housing options in Brooklyn to host the delegates. We live in the 21st Century, you don't just need old fashioned hotels. AirBNB shows numerous options, including great deals for single room stays in Sunset Park for $120.00 a night. For a little more economy, delegates could stay in an entire home in East New York starting at $100.00 a night. These are great deals and good, affordable options for the nation's political class.
June 8, 2014, 10:46 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
No Way,

Take the subway. Millions of people living in Brooklyn do it every day to get to Manhattan and back, sometimes multiple times.

June 8, 2014, 10:48 am
ty from pps says:
there are plenty of bike lanes.
June 8, 2014, 12:09 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
The only other thing that what make me support this will be if the corporate welfare for the Atlantic Yards stops right now and Ratner must pay for the rest of the project by himself with no taxpayer dollars helping him.
June 8, 2014, 4:50 pm
Al from Jazeera says:
where's a suicide bomber when you need one?
June 8, 2014, 10:45 pm
Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
Perfect venue for all the local Brooklyn pol thieves to endorse Hillary, who voted for Bush's War (then cowardly tried to back out out when they didn't find those WMD's). Ratner for Vice President! De Blasio for.....? (I still don't know what his talent is). Jay Z for Secretary of State. Beyonce for Ambassador to Libya (she already got $1,000,000 for performing at Khaddafi's sons' birthday party. Eric Adam for US District Attorney (clean as a whistle)! Heck, you can even cross party lines and hire Grimm for Director of Homeland Security (the little guy will toss anyone who leaks any NSA secrets off a balcony). What a party it will be! Meanwhile, normal citizens won't be able to get within blocks of the rusting, publicly/privately funded hulk (with still no promised living space in sight)! Definitely a perfect backdrop for current US politics.
June 8, 2014, 11:33 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Paedon mw, but aren't we leaving out a major factor here?
June 9, 2014, 1:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Aren't the Democrats against acts such as eminent domain abuse or corporate welfare let alone any other special treatment for the rich or does that only imply to those that didn't give them funds?
June 9, 2014, 3:35 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
The joke's on you, Sheinkopf, because De Blasio is a Clintonista through-and-through. He was the NY chair of her campaign in 2008, was one of her chief fundraisers for her Senate run before than, and has been a Clinton booster the whole while. He is not a progressive, he is a DLC, Third-Way corporate Democrat who dons enough progressive camouflage to fool NY voters. I like that Brooklyn has become the center of gravity in the city, but if the DNC convenes at Barclay's Center to anoint Hillary Clinton I shall pray a rogue asteroid turns it into a smoking crater.
June 10, 2014, 10:09 am
Lars from Greenwood Slope says:
Scott what's your beef with Sheinkopf?
June 10, 2014, 9:02 pm

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