Cuomo Wants Country’s Biggest Convention Center in NYC
In his 2012 State of the State Address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed building the nation’s largest convention center in New York City and tearing down the Jacob Javits Convention Center (pictured) on the west side of Manhattan.
The 3.8 million-square-foot convention center would be developed at the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens, between JFK and LaGuardia airports, using $4 billion in private investment funds. It would include up to 3,000 hotel rooms.
The proposal is one of the highlights of Cuomo’s economic development agenda, which would use private-public sector partnerships to rebuild infrastructure and create jobs.
The plan calls for the site of the Jacob Javits Convention Center to be developed as a mixed-use facility similar to Battery Park City, using more than $2 billion in private funds