Brooklyn bids for 2016 Democratic National Convention

By Kyle Johnson,

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that the city is bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Brooklyn Barclays Center.

In the letter sent to the Democratic National Committee, the mayor says the convention would be centered at the arena where the Nets play and then there would be events for attendees to visit spread throughout the rest of the city.

"Our enthusiasm for hosting the DNC is matched only by our capacity to execute large, world-class events such as Super Bowl XLVIII," de Blasio wrote. "We are proud to be the safest big city in the country and the home of the nation's most extensive public transit system and largest bicycle-share program."

According to Newsday, the city has been trying to woo the DNC since at least March, when Alicia K. Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, suggested in another letter to Wasserman Schultz that New York City could host the event at several potential locations, including Madison Square Garden, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Barclays.

At the moment there are currently about 15 different cities spread across the United States bidding on the chance to host the DNC, spokesperson Lily Adams said. Some cities who have thrown their name into the ring include Nashville, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Cleveland.

The committee likely won't make a decision until late 2014 or early 2015.

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