Brooklyn loses to Philly in bid to host 2016 DNC

Despite heavy lobbying by the mayor, the DNC won't be held in Brooklyn next year
February 12, 2015 01:50PM

Come 2016, Democrats will be eating cheesesteaks instead of bagels.

Brooklyn has officially lost to Philadelphia in its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Representatives for the Democratic Party said today that the next Democratic candidate for president will be announced in the “city of brotherly love.”

New York City officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, lobbied for the opportunity for several months. The mayor had envisioned the event to take place at the Barclays Center.

“New York City represents the future of America,” de Blasio said in a statement on Thursday. “We’re a city that’s working to lift up and unite every resident and ensure that all 8.4 million New Yorkers have the opportunity to succeed – not just the fortunate few. That core principal is what makes our city and our nation so great, and is why we fought so hard to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the five boroughs.”

The Democratic Party issued a statement promising a “great time together come July 2016 in Philadelphia.” — Claire Moses