Javits Center to Expand

New York City, meetings, Javits
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 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and 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, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.