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Mayor: Barclays Center Should Host Democratic Nat'l Convention

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In a move that would spotlight his home borough, Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing Brooklyn's Barclays Center to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Barclays Center opened at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic in 2012. Park Slope's Bill de Blasio became mayor this year.

Come 2016, Brooklyn could be where the Democrats pick their nominee for president. That's where the city wants the Democrats to bring their national convention two summers from now.

"Can you imagine the nominee being nominated and then taking a stroll on Brooklyn Bridge Park? Or let's get the nominee in Coney Island on one of the new rides," said Carlo A. Scissura, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. "I mean, just think about the backdrop."

Yes, Brooklyn, with its brownstones, its bridges and a cool factor that long ago crossed the East River.

It may be time for the political conventions to make the move from Manhattan. Madison Square Garden hosted the Republican National Convention a decade ago and the Democrats in 1992.

"Brooklyn is growing," said one resident. "This is New York City. It would not be a problem. Nothing new. Just like a Nets game."

Well, not quite. Just think of all those out-of-towners pouring into Brooklyn.

"It would be great, but I think the traffic would be really bad," said one resident. "Hanson Place is already a total mess, and they really need to do something about that, anyway."

However, there are plenty of people who live in the County of Kings who think a political coronation in a new arena would make perfect sense.

"This has become really popular since it moved in," said one resident. "I think it's helped a lot of the local businesses, and I think Brooklyn is a politically active place, and I think it should be on the forefront of that."

Especially if a New Yorker like Hilary Clinton or Andrew Cuomo is in the mix to become the Democratic presidential nominee.

"I think that would be good exposure for Brooklyn," said one resident. "This is a great city. So bring it! I think they can handle it. Brooklynites, woo!"

There will be plenty of competition. Fourteen other cities from around the country were invited to submit bids to serve as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. A winning city will be picked by the end of the year or in early 2015.

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