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NYCEDC Issues RFP For Event Manager at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal


Event Manager to open Attract, Market and Coordinate Events at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for Commercial, Not-for-profit and Community uses while Cruise Ships are at sea.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an event manager at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The event manager will attract, market and coordinate events for commercial clients, not-for-profit organizations and community groups in the terminal’s facilities. The facilities available on non-cruise ship days include: the embarkation area consisting of a lobby, check in area, waiting room and VIP room totaling approximately 40,000 square feet. The space could be used for special events such as corporate functions, personal events including weddings and parties, conferences and trade shows as well as not-for-profit/community gatherings. The area could accommodate up to about 825 guests. The BCT facility would be available to host events on non-Cruise ship days, averaging approximately 10-12 event days per month depending on cruise ship activity.

“The Bloomberg Administration has connected New Yorkers to the waterfront with innovative uses and increased public access,” said NYCEDC President Robert C. Lieber. “The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is an incredible asset on Brooklyn’s waterfront with sweeping views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island. This is an innovative initiative which opens up a City asset to the public, and creates opportunities for New York’s businesses and organizations.”

“The opening of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal was the launch of a thrilling voyage for Brooklyn, setting a course for enormous opportunity,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, “This new event manager will surely feel like a ship’s captain in his or her right—helping to steer an exciting initiative to optimize this beautiful event space, which can be used
for anything from trade shows to apparel, jewelry, antique, and fashion shows, to ritzy galas and star-studded award presentations—and add to the buzz of the already hot neighborhood of Red Hook.”

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal opened in the spring of 2006 with the arrival of the Queen Mary II. Located at Pier 12 in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the facility includes an on-site outdoor parking lot striped to accommodate approximately 600 cars. The event manager would be responsible for promoting the facility to both public and private events and opportunities. NYCEDC will reserve the facility for 10 days evenly distributed throughout the year, which will be made available to community groups and not-for-profit organizations. The selected manager will be required to coordinate these events, in addition to others throughout the year.

“I look forward to more jobs for our community and more opportunities for local businesses to grow and expand because of the vast array of future activities,” said Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez. “Residents will now be able to experience new and interesting events right in their own backyard. The events manager will be the catalyst that gets these things going.”

“From day one our community thought that the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal was an ideal place to promote maritime-related thinking about our waterfront, to generate additional local employment and to provide new opportunities for public access to the waterfront,” said Community Board 6 District Manager Craig R. Hammerman. “As a working waterfront community we envisioned the potential for the cruise ship industry's needs to work synergistically with our own. The hiring of an event manager to program an exciting and enriching schedule of activity is an important step in the terminal's evolution. We look forward to opening the terminal's gates wider to the community with invitations to premiere functions never before seen in Red Hook, without having to leave the neighborhood!”

The $56 million Brooklyn Cruise Terminal was completed in 2006 and is fitted with state of the art equipment including a VIP area, plasma screen televisions and an open roof. The pier itself is 880 feet long, and the entire terminal site is about 15 acres, about the size of 15 football fields, including a dedicated passenger pick-up/drop-off areas and space for about 600 cars. The terminal is 12 miles from LaGuardia Airport, 16 miles from Newark International Airport and 20 miles from JFK International Airport.

For more information, or to request a copy of the RFP, please go to www.nycedc.com/rfp. Event Managers must respond to the RFP to be included in the business directory. Responses are due no later than 4 p.m. on July 13, 2007.

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.

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