Two months after the de Blasio administration formally submitted its proposal to bring the Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn in 2016, details have not been released about what kind of host the city would be, even as representatives from the national committee are scheduled for a site visit next week. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Rising from one of the busiest intersections in Brooklyn, the Barclays Center could be a hub of presidential politics in 2016. But besides a promotional video and a one-page letter signed by the mayor, little is known about the city's plan to bring the Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn and Barclays Center in two years.
NY1 filed a freedom of information law request for a copy of the 200-page proposal City Hall submitted to the Democratic Committee. We have been told we will hear back in September, three months after our request.
Other cities vying for the convention, like Columbus or Philadelphia, would not release their proposals to NY1, either.
What we do know is that City Hall is preparing to win over DNC officials. A number of representatives from the committee will tour the five boroughs next week.
"The Hospitality alliance will look forward to working with the de Blasio administration to prepare the restaurant community," said Andrew Rigie of the New York City Hospitality Alliance. "What do you have to do in terms of security measure to ensure everyone's safety? If there are street closures, how can businesses prepare for it?"
Sources familiar with the city's planning efforts tell NY1 that the administration is floating the idea of designating bus lanes to and from Barclays for convention attendees. They are also thinking about designating certain subway trains for convention-goers.
Sources say these are ideas to ease the attendees' likely commute, most likely from Manhattan. Hotel rooms there far outnumber rooms in Brooklyn.
"Within 30 minutes of the Barclays Center, you have more hotels here in New York in the whole of the other cities that are competing," said Josh Gold of the New York Hotels and Motels Trade Council.
Representatives from the convention are only staying in New York for two nights next week, leaving City Hall little time to show them everything Brooklyn has to offer. The details of that schedule are still being worked out.