Jacob Javits Center: The Complete Guide

How to navigate New York City's largest convention complex

Street scene of the Jacob Javits Center in New York
Ginny Wiehardt

Jacob Javits Center is New York City's largest convention complex and is located on Manhattan's far west side. Opened in 1986, the Jacob Javits Center was designed by I. M. Pei and partners and replaced the Coliseum on Columbus Circle. Inside the center is 760,000-square-feet of meeting space. It spans seven acres.

The Jacob Javits Center accommodates more than 150 events a year and welcomes over two million visitors annually.

Some of the more well-known events held at the Jacob Javits Center are:

Jacob Javits Center Location

The Jacob Javits Center is located between 38th and 34th Streets from 11th to 12th Avenues on Manhattan's far West Side.

Getting to the Jacob Javits Center

  • The closest subway stop to the Jacob Javits Center is the 7 train at 34th/11th Avenue. The A/C/E at 34th/8th Avenue is also close.
  • The M42 and M34 both make stops at the Jacob Javits Center. The M42 runs along 42nd Street and the M34 runs along 34th Street.
  • Cabs are a convenient option for getting to the Jacob Javits Center. From Times Square a cab will cost about $6-8, including tip. Uber and Lyft can also take you there. Prices vary based on time of day.

Services Available at the Jacob Javits Center:

The Jacob Javits Center is in a sparse part of New York City. Getting to most restaurants, hotels, and stores requires a 10 to 15 minute walk. However, many services are available at the Jacob Javits Center.

  • Coat/Luggage Check
  • Places to Eat: fast food options, including Starbucks, Nathans, a deli, etc.
  • ATM: 2 Chase ATMs are available inside the Convention Center
  • Wi-Fi: The Javits Center provides free wireless service up to 256K of bandwidth.
  • Business Services: Fedex Office and Print Center

Restaurants Near the Jacob Javits Center:

  • There are many restaurants around Times Square. It's a short cab ride away or about a 15-minute walk. Here is a guide to some of the options.
  • Friedman's: (10th Avenue in between 35th and 36th) Healthy versions of American classics. Breakfast is served all day.
  • Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine: (!0th Avenue in between 37th and 38th) Upscale sports-themed restaurant by a NY Knicks Basketball Star.
  • Landmark Tavern: (11th Ave & 46th St) Irish-American fare, as well as more upscale offerings
  • Manganaro's Hero Boy: (9th Ave between 37/38th Sts) Italian heroes, pastas, and salads.
  • Pam Real Thai: (49th between 9th & 10th Aves) Authentic Thai food
  • 44 & X: (10th Ave between 44th and 45th) New American cuisine (brunch on weekends, dinner daily)

Hotels Near the Jacob Javits Center

  • Hotels in Times Square and around Madison Square Garden are conveniently located for events at the Jacob Javits Center. Those hotels will be more fun to stay in because they are closer to stores, restaurants, and services.
  • Still, if you want to stay closer to the convention center there are a few options. There is a Four Points by Sheraton close by and a Yotel. They have their own amenities so you won't need to travel far for food or a gym. For a trendy, upscale option look no further than Kimpton Ink48. The rooftop has one of the best views of the city.

    Javits Center Tips

    • Register in advance whenever possible. It will save you a significant amount of time once you arrive at the Javits Center.
    • If you're attending a popular event, dress for the weather. Lines to enter the convention center can be long, and the doormen aren't necessarily very sympathetic.
    • Wear layers. The temperature inside of the convention center can range from hot to cold. You'll be happy if you can adjust your attire and be comfortable.
    • Check your coat and luggage. You'll be happy you did once you're weighed down with all the brochures and swag you'll collect at the event.
    • Bring a bottle of water if you want to avoid paying $3 for one inside the Javits Center. (There is often a vendor right outside the Jacob Javits Center selling bottles for about $1-2.)
    • If your event has a floor plan online, plot out your route in advance. This way you can be sure not to miss any important exhibitors.
    • Food tends to be overpriced and lines can be long during peak times. Bring a lunch or snacks with you and hit the vendors during off-peak times.
    • If you find a long line at the restroom, head outside the exhibitor's area to find additional facilities. Bathrooms just outside the actual conference entrances tend to be less crowded (& cleaner).
    • Public transportation is a great option for getting to/from the Javits Center. 
    • Taxis can be hard to come by when lots of folks are leaving at the end of an event, so reserve a car service or talk to the Javits Center Concierge if you want to avoid waiting. Uber and Lyft are also good options.