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New York spent $1.5 billion on its convention center. Will anyone come?

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New York has just spent $1.5 billion to entice very large groups of people to gather under the same roof. When will that seem like a good idea again?

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on a major expansion of the city’s main convention hall, the Javits Center. By early summer, it should be ready to once again host trade shows, corporate meetings and public events.

But the pandemic wiped out mass gatherings more than a year ago, and it is not clear when or if most of them will return. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still warning people to “avoid large events and gatherings.”

Several other cities, including Las Vegas, Seattle and San Francisco, have invested billions of dollars in the last several years to make their convention halls bigger and more appealing.

Then the pandemic struck.


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