Now that Mayor Bill de Blasio is all in for Brooklyn hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the New York delegation followed up today with a letter pitching Barclays Center to Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The letter makes two arguments: diverse Brooklyn is what Democrats are about, and there's lots of subways, buses, trains and planes that will make it easy to house delegates around the region, mitigating the lack of hotel rooms in Brooklyn.
The letter - see below - was signed by Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velazquez, Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries (who all represent parts of Brooklyn).
Dear DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz,
We are pleased to offer our support for New York City's bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. As the business, creative and cultural Capital of the World, New York offers the Democratic Party the archetypal backdrop to showcase our ideas, our party members and our nominee to the American people in a Democratic state. The Barclays Center is a convenient and exciting venue that has been well-equipped to host a multitude of sporting events and concerts since its opening in 2012, making it the ideal location for any large event.
The Barclays Center has the ability to seat 18,000 individuals, which will make it more than capable to handle the large crowds that the Democratic National Convention will draw. It can be reached by eleven different subways, including the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q and R trains. These trains connect individuals from all over New York City to the Barclays Center, making it an extremely accessible location. There are also eleven different buses that stop by the Center, a Long Island Railroad stop across the street and multiple bike paths that provide alternative methods of transportation. The Barclays Center is also surrounded by a host of amenities and attractions including restaurants, theatres, libraries, museums and parks that highlight New York City’s importance as a cultural hub. The up-and-coming areas of Brooklyn around the Barclays Center are home to a young, diverse group of individuals. The inclusion of diverse ideas and culture represent what's best about our Party, while staying true to its ideals.
Brooklyn hotels will be able to host around 3,500 of the individuals in attendance, but areas all around New York City will be able to accommodate individuals as well. This will reduce the concentration of traffic directly around the Barclays Center and will allow individuals to see all that New York has to offer. Hotels in Queens that are located near LaGuardia airport will be able to offer hotel rooms, which will be most convenient for individuals who travel long distances by airplane to New York for the Convention. The city’s strong public transportation network makes no part of New York inconvenient and will allow individuals to reach the Barclays Center quickly and inexpensively.
The Barclays Center has received multiple awards that make it an even more attractive venue, given that it is such a new facility. It also received a LEED Silver Certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Congress, which gives it a unique status amongst similar venues in New York City. Its commitment to sustainable practices highlights some of the Party’s goals.
Home to the first Democratic National Convention in 1868, it is befitting to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention in New York City almost 150 years later. With a long tradition of successful Democratic National Conventions in the past—1868, 1924, 1976, 1980 and 1992—New York City is the platform from which successful presidencies are made. As we look forward to the 2016 presidential elections, New York City will be the ideal springboard to take the Democratic Party into the next era as President Obama’s presidency culminates and we look towards another four years in the White House with the next Democratic Party leader.