Javits Convention Center – The Place for Business
Comic-Con, the Summer Fancy Food Show, an annual book show, and car shows are huge events in New York City, and all are hosted at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Completed in 1986, this modern glass building was designed by the famous I.M. Pei and named for the late Senator Jacob K. Javits. It is New York City’s primary convention facility with 840,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Location & Transportation
The Javits is located at 655 West 34th Street, within walking distance of Pennsylvania Station and is near the midtown ferry stop at 39th Street. There is parking near the building and along the streets, but none is owned or operated by the Javits. If you plan to take the subway, lines A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St–Penn Station will get you there.
When flying into New York City, Newark and JFK are both about 40 to 60 minutes from the convention center. LaGuardia is the closest and about half an hour away.
Looking for hotels near the Javits Center? With large loft-like rooms bigger than you typically find in midtown Manhattan and chefs dedicated to using local ingredients, the Andaz 5th Avenue defines laid back elegance. The Andaz is about a 25 minute walk from the Javits Convention Center.
If you would like serious luxury, the The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park is approximately two miles from the convention center. As the name suggests, this hotel overlooks Central Park and has a spa and excellent restaurant. The Ritz is truly the height of service and elegance.
Only two blocks from the Javits you will find the Quality Inn Convention Center Hotel. It books fast, so reserve early and take advantage of free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast.
If you are looking for a modern hotel that offers brightly colored, but very efficient rooms, try the Pod 39. With rooms with single beds, to bunk rooms, Pod 39 is both budget-friendly and unique. It is located a mile and a half from the Javits.
Once inside the convention center you will find a newsstand, shoe shine station, first aid center, ATM, food, Starbucks, coat check, and a FedEx business center.
Wi-Fi at the Javits Convention Center is available for a three-day, daily, or hourly fee. Free Wi-Fi that you can use with personal devices is available in the first level food court.
Dining at the Javits can be done in the center’s food courts or on-site Starbucks. There are several restaurants available and concession stands for events change frequently. Food options range from Kosher to international cuisine like Italian or Greek. There are also many places to eat in Manhattan, all close to the Javits, and Javitscenter.com lists several options. There is also the Mezzanine Bar for cocktails and snacks.
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