New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has big plans for the Jacob K. Javits Center. The politician recently announced plans to tear down the convention hall to make way for housing, hotels and museums. The remainder of the land would then be leased to developers as an additional source of income for the state. That comes as a shock to architect Bruce S. Fowle, who has been renovating the structure for the past six years, working to turn the 25-year-old structure into a brighter space with a smaller environmental footprint.

While the proposed demolition is still years away if it occurs at all, the plan brings into question the future of the New York Auto Show. Cuomo says the conventions like the auto show that are currently hosted by the Jacob K. Javits Center will be relocated to a new $4 billion center at the Aqueduct racetrack in Jamaica, Queens. The funds will reportedly come from Genting, a Malaysian gambling company, according to The New York Times.


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      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid. This will KILL the convention business in NYC. The Javits has its flaws that no amount of renovations can fix, but removing it from the island is really a dumb move. Need a new location? Bulld it where the UN now sits.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      The location of the Javits center is perfect. Move it to Queens and attendance for many of the trade shows will drop like a rock.
      Rob Ascough
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dumb idea. It's not just the auto show, it everything that's held at the Javits Center throughout the year. The location is perfect for people living and working in Manhattan as well as the millions of people living in northern NJ. I'd probably still go to the auto show if it were held in Queens but a lot of people won't do the same.
      Smooth Motor
      • 3 Years Ago
      I attend the NY show partly because it's only ten minutes walk from Penn Station. Move it all the way out to Queens -- FAIL. I will not go.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 3 Years Ago
      MANHATTAN needs a convention center! Period. NOBODY wants to go out to the airport for a convention. It's Midtown, or nothing...... BD
      Andrew L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ive been to the NY Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center a few times... That's too bad it really is a nice Convention Center would hate to see it go.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      that area off the Belt and Wan Wyck is a HORRIBLE place logistically for a convention center like this if you thought the west side in NYC was a nightmare to drive, try driving in that part of Brooklyn/Queens personal opinion based on me being a New Yorker
      • 3 Years Ago
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      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      I grew up in Queens, and getting to Aqueduct via mass transit is a major headache. Also, how many Jersey residents will make the trek to Queens for the Auto show? I expect attendance to drop drstically. I've been going to the NY show since it was at the old covention center on Columbus Circle, and Javits is a great location for tri-state attendance.
        Slizzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        JJC is supremely easy for me to get to from just outside Hartford. Just take 95 south, come down the Hudson Parkway, then dip off and turn into a parking garage. I'll gladly pay the fee to park in the parking garage and hoof it to the Center; that's what I've done a few times in the past. If it moves? Well I'll not be making the trek and spending my money in the city any longer (at least, not in early Spring I won't be.)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a stupid idea. I have been going to the JJC since I was a little kid. Car shows, Photography shows, etc. Tearing down this NYC icon was be a huge mistake. Not to mention relocating the auto show to Jamaica Queens is just plain retarded & ghetto.
        Ray
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Not to mention all the geeks will be pissed because of New York Comic Con. I don't like this idea one bit.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ray
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        Phil B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        An icon of NYC? You give it way too much credit.
      BASIQ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unbelievable. This will essentially discourage anyone from New Jersey to attend the Auto Show or any other event. Jamaica is just too far away - right now you can use a ferry from Port Imperial which takes you right to the JJC. Sound like someone has a personal agenda. Good thing they are broke.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Gov has visions of tax dollars dancing in his head. That's why he's doing this.
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