"New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the Aqueduct plan 'a great idea.'"
"Steve Malanga, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a nonprofit research group that favors lower taxes and reduced government spending, questioned the wisdom of a building a convention center at Aqueduct.
'There's no incremental business to be gained, even by the top players in the business,' he said in an e-mail, noting occupancy at McCormick Place is stuck at around 55 percent. 'Additionally, the lure of New York is of course the attractions of Manhattan, but I question whether putting a big facility in Queens would be effective in luring major conventions.'"
Thanks to Michael Snidal