Hillary Clinton staffers have visited properties in downtown Brooklyn as they search for a potential presidential campaign headquarters, the Daily News has learned.
Clinton's team is eyeing office space owned by Forest City Ratner: the MetroTech complex near Borough Hall and 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights.
...Real estate insiders were thrilled at the idea of hosting Clinton HQ, and said the location makes perfect sense for a national campaign.
"There are 13 subway lines and 15 bus lines serving the neighborhood," said Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. "Nearly 60,000 college students that could provide an army of campaign volunteers, and when the DNC convention comes to Barclays Center, headquarters would be blocks away."
Clinton and her advisers had previously eyed the Westchester County city of White Plains, about 25 miles north of Manhattan, Clinton has now more or less decided on a location in New York City, likely either Brooklyn or Queens, according to three knowledgeable Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the press.I'm not sure that either 1 Pierrepont Plaza or MetroTech bring a "youthful feel," but who knows--maybe the volunteers would have share a group home somewhere deeper into Brooklyn.
A base in gentrifying Brooklyn or Queens could help give Clinton’s campaign a youthful feel, and would likely be a relief for Democratic operatives dreading a relocation to the suburb, or a daily commute from New York City. White Plains is about an hour from Manhattan by public transit.