Planning your event at the Javits Center puts it on a pedestal like no other. This one-of-a-kind icon is situated at the center of Manhattan’s West Side—the hottest neighborhood on the planet. And it connects you to everything New York. Whether you’re looking to book a trade show or convention, the award-winning Javits Center has the scale and versatility to host any event, of any size, at any time.
The cneter host more than 150 events a year, including trade shows, conventions and special events, and home to 20 of the top 200 trade shows in the United States. With its 840,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space on four levels, the structure stretches across six city blocks. The center has a total of 102 meeting rooms—including more than 75 newly renovated rooms—that feature adjustable walls for convenient expansion or reduction. A 4-acre truck marshaling area, 50 covered loading docks, three drive-in ramps for each floor to streamline set-up and break-down of your event. A diverse workforce of expert sales managers, event coordinators and construction professionals who speak nearly 20 languages are on staff.
The elegant 45,000 square-foot, glass-enclosed River Pavilion on Level 4 features stunning views of the Hudson River and serves as the perfect backdrop for any corporate event; and the column-free 80,000 square-foot Javits North can be customized to meet the demands of your event.
Apr 26, 2016
Six New Bird Species Observed on the Green Roof in 2015
NEW YORK (April 26, 2016) New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) President and CEO Alan Steel today announced the results of a new study that shows more than 1,100 cumulative bird observations on the Javits Center’s green roof in 2015. Of the 1,124 bird sightings during the ecological study,
17 bird species were found, six more compared to the previous year. The green roof remains the only green roof in New York City with a colony of nesting Herring Gulls, which produced 14 chicks in 2015. The diversity of bird species using the roof from spring to fall demonstrates the importance of the building’s 6.75-acre green roof to the community’s ecosystem and its unique presence within New York’s dense urban landscape. The green roof was constructed as a part of the Javits Center’s recent renovation, which included major upgrades to its façade, flooring, and mechanical and technology systems. The Javits Center has partnered with New York City Audubon and other research institutions to explore and understand the impact of its sustainability initiatives on Manhattan’s West Side neighborhood.
“Thanks to our green roof, the Javits Center is home to all kinds of travelers – including those with wings and those without,” said Alan Steel of NYCCOC, who operates the Javits Center. “With all of our sustainable upgrades, the Javits Center has become a better neighbor to the West Side community, and we intend to explore new ways to improve the area’s quality of life. For 30 years, we have been a positive force for New York’s economy, and now, we can say we have become a positive force for its environment as well. I would like to thank New York City Audubon for their dedication to studying our roof and confirming the impact of our work.”
“No building in New York City has done more for the area’s bird population than the Javits Center, and the results of our study reflect that commitment,” said Kathryn Heintz, Executive Director of New York City Audubon. “The green roof has proven to be a habitat for a community of birds, bats and insects in an area of New York City that lacks green space. With its large size and unique location, the Javits Center has become a prime example of the important benefit of green roofs. We thank Alan Steel and his team for their ongoing contributions to the improvement and preservation of our natural environment.”
According to the New York City Audubon study between May and October, the most prevalent birds utilizing the roof for a variety of functions, such as nesting and foraging, were Rock Pigeons, Herring Gulls and European Starlings. Herring Gulls built 12 nests on the green roof in 2015, an increase from the eight nests
observed the previous year, and a total of 34 eggs were laid – with 14 chicks hatched. Within a few days of hatching, Audubon researchers banded the chicks with a United States Geological Survey metal band in order to better monitor their movements and development. A pair of Canada Geese also nested on the green roof, with multiple eggs hatched. The New York City Audubon conducted the study for 26 weeks, compared to 10 weeks in 2014 when the construction of the green roof was completed and 524 cumulative bird sightings were made during the organization’s initial study.
The Javits Center green roof is the only active Herring Gull nesting colony on a green roof in New York City, according to the New York City Audubon. In 2014, their nests were only located on the most southern part of the north section of the roof, but in 2015, new nests were built on the north and east areas of the roof. The following is a full list of the 17 bird species observed on the green roof in 2015, including six new species – including a Palm Warbler, the first reported sighting of that bird on a green roof, according to the New York City Audubon:
With specialized recording devices installed on the green roof, bats and arthropods also have been detected on the green roof. In 2015, five species of bats were identified from 244 bat passes, or calls, an indication of a bat’s presence.
Arthropods, or insects, representing 11 orders were collected, including a new family called water boatmen, which are primarily aquatic. According to the New York City Audubon and collaborators from Fordham University, this is the first record of water boatmen utilizing a green roof. According to the study, the green roof -- comprised of sedum grown in Syracuse, NY – provides a habitat for birds, bats and arthropods necessary in such a dense urban environment, and as the roof matures, changes are expected in the abundance and diversity of arthropods and the variety of birds nesting and feeding on the roof.
In an effort to reduce storm water runoff, the green roof is equipped to collect as much as 6.8 million gallons of water a year, further improving the quality of life for the local community. Other sustainable upgrades to the Javits Center include new energy-efficient mechanical units and new energy-efficient lighting. With all of its upgrades, the building’s energy consumption has been reduced by 26%, translating into millions of dollars in savings. The Javits Center has partnered with several organizations, including Drexel University, Cooper Union and a local beekeeper, to study the roof’s impact on water retention and area wildlife. As a part of the Javits Center’s renovation, more than 6,000 translucent, fritted glass panels were installed along its façade and skylights. This specially designed, bird-friendly glass is designed to prevent bird collisions, and as a result, bird collisions have decreased by 90% since installation was completed, creating a healthier environment for those who live and work in and around the Javits Center, according to New York City Audubon. Led by the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, architectural firms FXFOWLE and Epstein and general contractor Tishman Construction, the renovation project has received from awards and accolades from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the New York City Audubon and various media outlets.
About the New York City Audubon
New York City Audubon champions nature in the City’s five boroughs through a combination of engaging and entertaining programs and innovative conservation campaigns. NYC Audubon is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the National Audubon Society. Through its efforts, NYC Audubon protects many species of birds living in the 30,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands of New York City. For more information, visit nycaudubon.org.
About the Javits Center
Known as the “Marketplace for the World,” the Javits Center was originally esigned by I.M. Pei & Partners and opened in 1986. The iconic facility has since become New York City’s primary venue for large conventions, trade shows and special events and serves as home to many of the world’s top 250 trade shows, hosting millions of visitors a year. Located on 11th Avenue between West 34th and West 40th sts. in Manhattan, the Javits Center has 840,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space, 102 meeting rooms and four banquet halls, as well as a range of technology services, including state-of-the-art WiFi capabilities. For more information, visit javitscenter.com.
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Dec 5, 2015
Make Plans To Attend The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show Of New York March 6-8, 2016 In New York City
NEW YORK, NY (December 5, 2015) The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is an all-encompassing event for thousands of restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry professionals from throughout New York and the tri-state region. This high-energy trade show will bring together over 16,000 restaurant and foodservice industry professionals to the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Sunday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
“This premier once-a-year event encompasses everything you need to master emerging trends, power up your profits, and engage your customers in unique and memorable ways. We are the only show in the New York region exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry -- join us, and 16,000+ of your peers,” said Ron Mathews, Industry Vice President for Urban Expositions Foodservice Events, producers of the event. “Mark your calendar for March 6-8, for this one-stop source for everything you need to succeed in today's market.”
Event Dates & Times:
Sunday, March 6, 2016: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, March 7, 2016: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2016: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York City, NY
The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York will be held Sunday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Show is owned and produced by Urban Expositions, and continues to be sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association, a member of the National Restaurant Association. For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website at www.internationalrestaurantny.com.
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