Not since 1944 have both presidential candidates planned to be in New York City on Election Night.
While Republican Donald Trump takes over the New York Hilton Midtown, Democrat Hillary Clinton sets up post-election shop at Javits Center. And for those who’ve not been inside the massive convention center, here’s a closer look:
1) The Javits Center is active on Twitter with a modest following of 4,927. The official account only follows a much more modest number — trailing the tweets of 710 accounts. Two of those belong to Clinton with her official @HillaryClinton account, and the second being @HillaryForNY. Noticeably absent from the Javits Center’s follow list? Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account.
2) Speaking of that Twitter account, Javits Center calls itself the “busiest convention center in the U.S” in its bio on the social media platform. Officially known as the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the facility is located on Eleventh Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Midtown. Construction on the property began in 1980 and finished in 1986, the same year U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits passed away. Javits, known as a liberal Republican, represented New York from 1957 to 1981.
3) The facility — operated and maintained by the New York City Convention Center Operating Corporation — has a total area space of 1,800,000 square feet with 840,000 square feet of total exhibit space. Its design is widely noted for its glass ceilings and facade (seen above), a fact that was not lost on The New York Times, which called it the “unglamorous glass fortress on Manhattan’s West Side.” Writes the paper: “Hillary Clinton has spoken for years of the ‘glass ceiling.’ What’s one more night?”
4) The massive convention center plays host to many things throughout the year — everything from New York Comic-Con to the recent New York City Marathon — but not automobiles. Event organizers typically tell guests that if they must drive to pay for parking in a nearby parking lot because the Javits itself doesn’t offer any on-site parking despite its size, according its website. But it’s New York City, so everyone takes the subway anyway, right?
5) Leave the selfie stick at home. For Clinton and VP nominee Tim Kaine’s official post-election blitz — the official Hillary for America Election Night event — attendees are encouraged to travel as lightly as possible. According to her website, all Javits Center guests will “go through airport-like security and should bring as few items as possible,” it warns. “Please dress for the weather as attendees may be outside. No bags, sharp objects, selfie sticks, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue. Small cameras are permitted.” Gates open at 6 p.m., but if you don’t already have a ticket, it’s probably too late — wannabe Clinton revelers started lining up by the hundreds in New York over the weekend in order to snag a ticket.