of New York | NYC &
Company, Inc. | April
11, 2002 Press Release
--Jonathan M. Tisch and Robert E. Rubin
Convention Complex: Madison Square Garden. Constructed in 1968 and renovated in 1991. 17,924 permanent seats including suites; 3,000 portable seats can be added on the convention floor for a total of 20,924 seats with no sight line obstructions. Total MSG space available 623,401 square feet.
Host Committee: Co-chaired by Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, and Robert E. Rubin, former Treasury Secretary, now serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee and member of the Office of the Chairman of Citigroup Inc..
Hotels: More than 230 hotels and over 66,000 hotel rooms; 49,000 hotel rooms in midtown Manhattan. Initial commitment of 17,317 rooms of which 1,941 are suites. Possible DNCC headquarters are The Grand Hyatt, Hilton New York, Sheraton New York, and The Waldorf Astoria.
Security: "We have over 39,000 police officers equipped with the resources, training, experience and proven ability to handle all world class events." --Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
Transportation: The mass transit
system, including 26 subway lines and more than 200 bus routes, serves
2.3 billion people each year. Three major airports (JFK International,
Newark International and La Guardia), rail (Penn Station is the busiest
train station in North America). The bid also notes that "delegates
and guests will find it refreshing that they can actually walk from their
hotel to the convention complex and to the places they'll want to see around
Observations. After the devastating attacks of September 11, New York City is a sentimental favorite to hold one and possibly both of the 2004 conventions. The bid states, "The City hopes that both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee will host their 2004 conventions in New York City as a dramatic statement of America's resolve in the face of the September 11th attacks." Democrats seem to come to New York once in every decade, having held their 1976, 1980, and 1992 conventions here. The city also made an unsuccessful effort to attract the 2000 Republican convention. According to the 2000 Census, the New York-Northern NJ-Long Island consolidated metropolitan area has a population of 21.2 million (the nation's biggest metropolitan area), and the primary New York area is home to 9.3 million people. The fact that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, elected in November 2001, is a Republican could enter into some calculations, but the presence of a Republican mayor did not stop Democrats from going to Los Angeles in 2000 and is unlikely to stop them from going to New York in 2004.
Copyright © 2001, 2002 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.