By COLlive reporter
Coming to a stadium near you: 35,000 people, that is.
Brooklyn is one of the locations under consideration to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, a move which will steal the spotlight from Manhattan, a past host of the political brouhaha.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, is suggesting the Barclays Center and the ideal venue, convenient to 9 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road (and 2 miles from his home in Park Slope).
“Brooklyn is the center of the Democratic universe,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Our borough and our city embody the spirit and the energy that large-scale events need to succeed, along with our commitment to safety, existing transportation infrastructure and robust hospitality industry.”
Adams said: “The time has come to bring the king- (or queen-) making convention to the County of Kings. If a city of almost 800,000 people like Charlotte can serve as host, surely our borough, the fourth-largest American city with over 2.5 million people and one of the largest Democratic counties in our nation, can rise to the occasion.”
Besides for Brooklyn itself, there are two other New Yorkers who are setting their sights on scoring big at the convention: Hilary Clinton and Governor Andrew Cuomo who are mentioned as potential Democratic presidential nominees.
The Barclays Center on 620 Atlantic Avenue is located 2.3 miles from Lubavitch Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who leads the Democratic National Committee, said it had received proposals from Birmingham, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland; New York; Philadelphia and Phoenix. A decision will be announced later this year or in early 2015.
The Republican National Committee is farther along in its winnowing process. Denver, Dallas, Cleveland and Kansas City are the final cities bidding to hold the 2016 GOP convention. The RNC expects to announce its final decision in the fall, CNN reported.
“Could you imagine how much Mivtzoim we could be doing there?” one Lubavitcher wrote to COLlive, referring to the Mitzvah campaigns the Rebbe has instituted. “With so many Jewish Democrats, we won’t have to ask ‘Are you Jewish?’ We can simply ask, ‘Did you put on Tefillin today’?”