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New York City is finalist for 2016 Democratic National Convention

A banner seen in Brooklyn near the Barclay's

A banner seen in Brooklyn near the Barclay's Center Friday, Aug. 8, 2104. NYC woos DNC for 2016 convention. Credit: Craig Ruttle

New York City landed Monday on the short list of potential hosts of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, joining Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, as the three finalists.

A successful bid would bring the convention to Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the first time. Past Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions have been held at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

"They recognized some of our strengths, some of the things we bring to the table that are so powerful," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at City Hall of the Democratic National Committee's decision. "We are a diverse city, stronger for our diversity . . . We're a city that's more inclusive than ever."

New York is also a media capital and economic leader, he added before convening a meeting of about 60 elected and community leaders to discuss the bid.

Phoenix and Birmingham, Alabama, are no longer in the running to be convention hosts, the DNC said Monday.

The committee also released potential 2016 convention dates: the weeks of July 18, July 25 and Aug. 22. A final host city and date are to be announced early next year.

"We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event," DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Columbus, New York, and Philadelphia."

The convention would cost an estimated $100 million and attract more than 30,000 attendees to the city, with most expected to stay at hotels in Manhattan. De Blasio reiterated that hosting would be a five-borough effort, though Brooklyn and Barclays Center -- which opened in 2012 and is home to the Brooklyn Nets -- are at the heart of the bid.

Brooklyn is de Blasio's home borough.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who hails from Brooklyn, Monday at City Hall said it is now "the hippest, coolest place to be."

He said he is confident that the borough will win the bid because "we are the future."

City officials last week said they have secured $10 million in commitments toward convention costs from host committee members, who include business, civic and labor leaders.

A DNC scouting team visited Brooklyn and Manhattan in August to assess the city's potential as a host.

The Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland as its 2016 convention site.

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