The Long Island City Railroad Yards have been a major topic as the various borough and state development politicians determine what to do with the site. In fact, two influential organizations claim that the future of conventions in New York City lies not on the west side of Manhattan, but in Long Island City. The Empire State Development Corporation's downstate chairman, Patrick Foye is a strong supporter of utilizing the space as a convention center. Clearly, space is just too limited on the west side for a major expansion of the Javits Center.
The railroad lines in Long Island City offer several different train lines that can be dedicated to the new facility, along with the Queens' highways and close proximity to LaGuardia airport. A convention center in the neighborhood would bring thousands of new jobs to the community, new hotels, commercial and residential development, space for new schools, parks and hospitals. This could be a real groundbreaking change the borough has needed and wanted for years.
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