Javits Center to Expand

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The $1 billion redevelopment project will create the largest ballroom in the Northeast, at 60,000 sf.

A proposal last week to expand New York’s Jacob Javits Center has huge implications for conventions coming to the Northeast. New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo said the $1 billion redevelopment project to increase Javits by 1.2 million square feet will result in five times more meeting and ballroom space and create largest ballroom in the Northeast, at 60,000 sf.
Members of the New York convention industry are excited about the long-awaited expansion. “It’s welcome news for the more than 6 million meetings delegates that convene in New York City each year,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “This addition will ensure NYC continues to lead in the convention and exhibition industry.”
The Javits Center, is located on Manhattan‘s West Side on 11th Avenue between West 34th and West 40th Streets, stretching over six blocks. In 2014, it hosted 177 events and more than 2 million visitors and is estimated to have generated 478,000 room nights for the city.
The proposal will take the total space from 2.1 million square feet to 3.3 million sf and grow the number of room nights by 200,000.


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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.