Jacob Javits Center

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. The center can accommodate up to six events and 85,000 visitors at the same time. The Jacob Javits Center welcomes over three million visitors annually for the various conventions and meetings that are held there.

Conventions and Meetings at the Jacob Javits Center

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 A/C/E at 34th/8th Avenue.
  • 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.

Services Available at the Jacob Javits Center:

The Jacob Javits Center has located a 10-15 minute walk from nearly all stores, restaurants and hotels. However, many services are available at the Jacob Javits Center itself.

  • 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: available for a fee
  • Business Services: Fedex Office and Print Center

Restaurants Near the Jacob Javits Center:

  • Times Square Restaurants is a short cab ride away from the Jacob Javits Center.
  • Daisy May's BBQ: (11th Ave & 46th St) Daisy May's serves tasty bbq in a cafeteria-style setting
  • Landmark Tavern: (11th Ave & 46th St) Irish-American fare, as well as more upscale offerings
  • Manganaros Hero Boy: (9th Ave between 37/38th Sts) Italian heroes, pasta and salads
  • Pam Real Thai: (47th between 9th & 10th Aves) Authentic Thai food
  • 44 & X: (44th St & 10th Ave) 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. While there may be closer hotels, you probably won't want to stay in the immediate area, because it is dismally void of stores, restaurants, and services.

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 and 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, so 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.
  • "Gypsy" cabs/vans (often livery cars, but not always) are often available outside the Javits Center -- negotiate the price of your ride before having them bring you anywhere.
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