New York City is seeking to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, offering up Brooklyn's Barclays Center as the anchor of the political meeting.
The news was first reported by the New York Times.
In a letter to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz, Mayor Bill de Blasio noted the city's diversity, access to mass transportation and destinations like the American Museum of Natural History and New York Botanical Garden.
"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 on Thursday, calling New York the "safest big city in the country" and citing the bike share program.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also wrote to the DNC to pitch the city as the site of the convention.
"The progressive spirit of New York City has never been stronger or more vibrant than it is today," de Blasio wrote. "The values of the Democratic Party - inclusion, diversity, compassion -are part of our city’s spirit."
The mayor also wrote that "New Yorker are enthusiastic and united in our desire to see the convention return to New York."
We dodge the Olympics and now this! http://t.co/sLyVUbyL4J
— Carrie Melago (@carriemelago) June 6, 2014
Brooklyn had something like 4,000 hotel rooms as of 2013. 35,000 people attended the Charlotte convention. This'll be fun.
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) June 6, 2014
Could a witch doctor please put a hex on Brooklyn's prospects of hosting the DNC kthx
— Keith Williams (@TheWeeklyNabe) June 6, 2014
OH FUCK NO RT @liamstack Brooklyn Will Vie to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention, de Blasio Says http://t.co/GQri12auB1
— Liliana Segura (@LilianaSegura) June 6, 2014
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