Like U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, and many others, we’d be thrilled to see New York host the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But unlike Schumer, we’re not pitching for the delegates to stay in Manhattan hotels and take a lower East River bridge or subway line to the Barclays. We say, stay in Queens!
We’ve got plenty of hotels here, especially in Long Island City, and the delegates could just take the G train down to Brooklyn. Barclay’s is just a short walk from the Fulton Street stop. Convention attendees who insist on driving could cross into the hipster borough via the Kosciuszko or Pulaski bridge.
There’s no need to pay Manhattan hotel rates. Sure, that borough’s got some famous landmarks, but there’s plenty to see and do here too — though delegates would have to book early in Queens, before their choice of hotels is turned into a homeless shelter.
It would be great for New York to host the convention, and it could be great for Queens too.