The Real Deal New York

Javits Center plagued by leaky roof

January 26, 2014 02:00PM

 Despite a nearly half-billion dollar, tax-funded makeover, the Javits Center on Manhattan’s Far West Side hasn’t been able to fix its leaky roof.

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