Our Story


The Javits Center is more than just a convention center. Named after the legendary and lifelong New Yorker, Senator Jacob K. Javits, this self-sustaining New York icon has become a wildlife sanctuary, a community partner and a nationwide nexus where the latest ideas in business and pop culture converge under one very green roof. With a significant investment in our infrastructure, we have quickly become a leader in sustainability, security and technology, setting a new standard for convention centers throughout the country. We employ thousands of experienced event and construction professionals dedicated to coordinating and constructing events with major brands from around the world, generating waves of economic activity across the region. And with a historic expansion project underway, we‘re preparing to host an even wider variety of events in the years to come, attracting new generations of visitors to Manhattan’s West Side.

Jacob K Javits

The Javits Center’s namesake, Jacob Koeppel Javits, served New York for more than 30 years as New York State Attorney General, a U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator. The son of a janitor, Senator Javits was born on May 18, 1904, and raised in a tenement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 1920, he graduated from George Washington High School as president of his class, attended night school at Columbia University, and continued to New York University Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. Throughout his years of public service, he demonstrated a deep commitment to social issues, by helping create the National Endowment for the Arts and by sponsoring the 1973 War Powers Act. The Javits Center is proud to continue Senator Javits’ legacy of public service by hosting events that support New York’s economy, creating jobs and business opportunities for New Yorkers. For more information about Senator Javits, please visit the Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection at Stony Brook University.

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Mission Statement


The mission of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) is to serve the citizens of the State and City of New York by generating new business and employment opportunities, serving as a catalyst for the continued redevelopment of the local community and operating in the public interest, consistent with the social, economic and environmental priorities of existing state policy. NYCCOC meets these objectives through maximizing the booking of trade shows, conventions, public shows, and special events that stimulate spending within the regional economy, create jobs at the Javits Center and in the surrounding community and generate a reliable source of revenue for the State and City of New York. NYCCOC strives to achieve these results by operating in accordance with the highest professional standards, generating sufficient operating revenue to be financially self-supporting, maintaining the convention center facility in accordance with our core values and ensuring our operations are consistent with contemporary sustainability objectives and a community friendly approach.

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Getting Here


Within New York City, public transportation is always a quick and affordable way to go- and the opening of the new 7 Subway line extension across the street makes the trip even more convenient.
Arriving from out of state? We have directions and helpful tips whether you are arriving by car, train, plane, or more.

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