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January 7, 2016

New York's Javits Center to Add 1.2 Million Square Feet of Event Space

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced a major expansion of the Javits Center in Manhattan. Construction is expected to begin in late 2016.

New Javits Center Ballroom

The proposal will provide Javits with an additional 1.2 million square feet of event space, including a 60,000 square foot ballroom, which will be the largest such space in the Northeast. Additionally, of the exhibition space, 500,000 square feet will be contiguous space on one level, which officials say will allow the Javits Center to pursue additional attractions and enhance its overall competitiveness.

A four-level, 480,000 square foot truck garage capable of housing hundreds of tractor-trailers at one time will also be constructed to improve pedestrian safety and local traffic flow. 

new javits center exhibition space

The proposal’s total projected cost is approximately $1 billion, which the governor said will be paid for by the Javits Center within existing resources. 

News of the new expansion comes following a series of notable business travel developments in New York City. Renaissance Hotels just announced plans to open the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, a new flagship property for the brand, in the Garment District. That location on 35th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues will put the new hotel relatively close to the Javits Center. 

Transit to the Javits Center will also be easier thanks to a new expansion of the subway's 7 line. Last September a new 7 station opened at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, also close to the High Line elevated park. 

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