Funded with New York’s hotel-occupancy tax, the four-year-long, $465 million expansion and renovation of the Javits center – which includes a 6.75-acre green roof, the second-largest in the country – has ended with tarps and hoses being used to funnel water into buckets.
“They are getting a little more covert about hiding their embarrassment,” a Javits insider told the New York Post. “It used to be a garbage pail with an open top.”
Sources told the Post that the building has had a leaky roof for years.
“They notoriously have a problem whenever it rains,” Lisa Krowinski, whose employer, Sapling Press, exhibits annually at the center, said.
A Javits spokesperson added that the roof is currently being rehabilitated and is 80 percent complete. [NYP] –Christopher Cameron