New York Announces $1 Billion Expansion for Javits Center

By Paul Riegler on 7 January 2016
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DSC_0334 (1)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $1 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the Manhattan’s West Side. The plan would create an additional million square feet (92,900 square meters) of event space and New York City’s largest ballroom at the site. It includes an airy glass addition at the north end of the center with new exhibit halls, meeting rooms, and outdoor event space.

The Javits Center opened in 1986 amidst complaints that it was already too small, too difficult for conventioneers to navigate, and too damp, thanks to a leak in the roof that never seemed to be completely fixed.

The governor said that what amounts to a 50% increase in space – to a total of 3.3 million square feet or 307,000 square meters – would bolster the economy and bring more trade shows, jobs, and tax revenue to both the city and state.

The Javits Center, which is considered the busiest convention center in the country although only the 12th largest, currently has a total of 840,000 square feet (78,000 square meters) of exhibit space. It regularly hosts the New York International Auto Show each year as well as the New York National Boat Show, the International Gift Fair, and the International Fancy Food & Confection Show.

Javits replaced the New York Coliseum as the city’s convention center. That facility stood on Columbus Circle from 1956 to 2000 and was built under the aegis of city planner Robert Moses. It opened on April 28, 1956 with the New York International Auto Show, the National Photographic Show, and the Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition. It hosted a total of 1,246 events while open.

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