Finally a place big enough for Comic-Con — a proposed 3.8 million square-foot exhibition hall and hotel suggested by New York State governor Andrew Cuomo. the vast complex would also house a casino nearby — very handy to gamble your profits from selling mint copies of SPIDER-MAN #583. Sure it’s in Jamaica, Queens right next to the Aqueduct race track….but at least it’s big enough!
Of course this idea of a new giant convention center for New York City is just a pipe dream, really. The linked article does include much thinly veiled hostility about the Javits Center, which would be torn down if a new local convention center was built.
The land could fetch billions of dollars from developers, say state officials, urban planners and real estate executives. That could plug budget gaps and pay for expensive projects, like expanding Pennsylvania Station.
Students of convention center-ology will definitely want to file this clipping.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.