By on August 4, 2021

The New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) has been cancelled for the second year in a row over, you guessed it, COVID. Though things are a bit more complicated this time around.

Progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that New Yorkers will need proof of vaccination to do everything from going to the movies to dining out starting August 16th. While this doesn’t include a mask mandate, something he said was unnecessary, requiring thousands of people from out of state to furnish vaccination cards they likely already lost makes NYC hosting the auto show a difficult (if not impossible) proposition. NYIAS organizers announced their decision to cancel the event on Wednesday. 

The press release reads a lot like the one we saw last year and wraps with a familiar promise that our would-have-been hosts “firmly believe” that the trade show will return in April of 2022.

“As custodians of the 121-year-old New York Auto Show, we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone including attendees, exhibitors, and the thousands of men and women who put the Show together. Over the past few weeks, and especially within the last few days, circumstances have changed making it more difficult to create an event at the high standard that we and our clients expect,” stated NYIAS President Mark Schienberg.

“At the onset of planning for the August Show, we were increasingly excited at the prospect of hosting the event as the number of vaccinations in New York continued to climb and mask-wearing reduced the spread in the City. All signs were positive, and the Show was coming together stronger than ever, but today is a different story.”

The event was supposed to play host to an entire floor of electric vehicles this year as part of “EV Test Fest” that would have allowed attendees to drive cars around indoors. While that was also scaled back ahead of the now-cancelled event, it sounded pretty ambitious and like the kind of thing that would have drawn in more attendees than usual.

“The Covid pandemic has challenged our City, the country and the entire world, but just like the automobile industry, we know that the New York Auto Show will rebound and be bigger and better than before,” said Schienberg.

As someone who lives here, that’s seeming less likely every single day. But here’s to hoping the New York Auto Show, or whatever name they decide to give it when it moves to a different locale, returns someday.

In the interim, don’t assume other events are safe from cancellations just because they’re scheduled to take place beyond the confines of Manhattan. Mayor de Blasio has suggested his “NYC Pass” vaccination requirement is the best and only way to force literally every person to get vaccinated and should be adopted by other parts of the country.

“When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that, because someone’s vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in this city,” he told the press this week, adding that those who had not been vaccinated need to be made aware that they will not be able to “fully participate in our society.”

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden agreed when asked if other cities should pursue the NYC Pass model and subsequent two-tiered system.

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63 Comments on “New York Auto Show Cancelled Again...”


  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Insanity.

    Fear before facts. It’s the liberal way.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Whose facts?

      Yes, it’s reasonable to fear being sick for a month, throwing up blood, living on a respirator, and dealing with body weakness for months after. But of course, it’s far more reasonable to fear a needle stick.

      • 0 avatar
        el scotto

        @EB, yet your inability to post, or correctly post any references shines like a beacon of light in the darkness of ignorance. Let me help you: Fords suck, anything I don’t like is because of liberals, it’s not fair that liberals get elected, and even worse that liberals pass laws. Please be sure to highlight anything I’ve missed. The floor is yours, many anticipate your witticisms.

        • 0 avatar
          96redse5sp

          One thing I’ve noted about most Conservatives, is that they generally are only capable of seeing things in stark terms of black and white. They cannot see shades of grey. Everything is 100% right or 100% wrong. And they’re extremely inflexible. As Steven Colbert famously said about Pres. Bush: “they believe exactly the same thing on Wednesday that they believed on Monday, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED ON TUESDAY.

          That’s why they can’t handle it when the CDC revises it’s COVID guidelines. They’re not wired to process things like that…

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “That’s why they can’t handle it when the CDC revises it’s COVID guidelines. ”

            When the CDC relaxed its guidance in May was there no second-guessing or complaints from liberals?

            EBflex is what he is, but he isn’t a proxy for every conservative and neither is whatever anecdote you have in your head.

            I think you’re strawmanning pretty hard here.

          • 0 avatar
            thornmark

            >>One thing I’ve noted about most Conservatives, is that they generally are only capable of seeing things in stark terms of black and white.<<

            you are a living parody

            and fact free

            The CDC reported today that only 28.4% of the black community have received the Covid vaccine. With states like CA and NY mandating vaccine passports to enter restaurants and businesses, the black community would be most affected by this

            actual modern day segregation – Dems are back

          • 0 avatar
            golden2husky

            …One thing I’ve noted about most Conservatives, is that they generally are only capable of seeing things in stark terms of black and white…

            No, that problem is with pretty much everyone today. Compromise has become a code word for “weak” and each side has retreated to their holes. Yankees vs Red Sox. Unless we find a way out of this, the deterioration of our democracy and country will continue. Just think – in today’s environment, Nixon would never have resigned.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Sage words golden2husky.

          • 0 avatar
            thornmark

            you describe yourself

        • 0 avatar
          CaddyDaddy

          EL Scotto, it’s not the Liberals that are the problem. It’s the Authoritarian Left that use the “Never let a crisis go to waste” program that concerns those who desire liberty. COVID has been used for every Left Wing cause in the book that they have been dreaming about for decades.

          Fear of death and pain is a powerful control measure. Liberty is not safe or comforting. … Fear is very convenient to those that want to rule over your life. I’ll agree that masking up, getting the Jab and living in a basement with all your social activates going virtual will make the weak feel “safe”.

          • 0 avatar
            96redse5sp

            According to the AP, we can now add Myanmar to Florida and Texas on the list of states where the ruling junta has weaponized Covid to consolidate its power.

      • 0 avatar
        White Shadow

        Exactly. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during the pandemic, it’s the large number of ignorant Americans who seemingly don’t bave any critical thinking skills. It’s quite sad….

      • 0 avatar
        teddyc73

        @SCE to AUX The vast majority of people who contract COVID are not experiencing those extreme symptoms. Let’s have some perspective. We need to stop overreacting to a virus which has an extremely high survival rate. Stop living in fear.

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          @teddyc73:

          98% is not a high survival rate. Smallpox was only half as deadly (1%).

          The vaccine ended my fears of illness; it’s you who should have some concern. Survival isn’t the only goal; long-haulers have lingering problems for months.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      I always figured the liberal way would have been more… well… liberal. You know, willing to respect or accept behavior or opinions different from one’s own and adhering to a social philosophy that promotes individual rights, civil liberties, democracy, and free enterprise. All that dictionary crap I used to believe in and rely upon when words still meant something and you could at least count on people to be intellectually honest.

      I don’t know what this is but it’s about as illiberal as it gets.

      • 0 avatar
        FormerFF

        Somehow I don’t believe you can’t see the difference between accepting different behavior that does not put others at unreasonable risk, and not accepting behavior that does. I’m guessing that you’re being obtuse for reasons unknown to me. No matter, I’m done reading your posts.

        A couple of decades ago, I used to see a bumper sticker that read, “There is no freedom without responsibility”. I always thought that the drivers of cars with that sticker were conservatives. I wish that were still the case, that people didn’t confuse liberty with everyone doing whatever the hell they want. You do have the responsibility to do what you can to not infect your countrymen with a deadly disease. If you can’t be troubled to get vaccinated and wear a mask, stay home and order in.

      • 0 avatar
        96redse5sp

        If a person willingly wears a mask and supports mask-wearing to mitigate the effects of a pandemic, that person is likely liberal. It’s a tiny sacrifice for the greater good. Ayn Rand is a good example of a conservative/libertarian. She obviously would have opposed mandated masks and vaccines.

      • 0 avatar
        Astigmatism

        “I always figured the liberal way would have been more… well… liberal. You know, willing to respect or accept behavior or opinions different from one’s own.”

        Drunk driving is a behavior different from my own. So is throwing a brick off a highway overpass. Do you think “the liberal way” should be willing to respect or accept that behavior, too?

      • 0 avatar
        Ol Shel

        Yeah, liberals should be more tolerate of bullsh!t! They should believe that masks are a tool to oppress conservatives. They should have believed in Jade Helm, Pizzagate, Obama’s Kenyan Marxism, Jewish space lazers, a stolen 2020 presidential election, the Parkland child massacre “false flag”, the massacre at Bowling Green, Muslim ‘no-go zones’ in America, and on and on.

        Republicans swallow every lie, and they NEVER learn from being duped. If they like what they hear, it’s true to them, and facts only strengthen their belief in those lies.

        I genuinely wish you Cons were correct, because life would be simple and we’d know how to fix it (exterminate all non-whites). I used to believe all that crap. Unfortunately, you’re encouraged to think simply, and the world just isn’t simple.

    • 0 avatar
      96redse5sp

      You know we’re in the middle of a pandemic right? Are you fully vaccinated? Do you regularly wear your mask? Or are you too frightened to admit the truth? As for me, the answer is “yes” and “yes”. Of course. Because that’s what normal, considerate people do. And the reason I cannot go to the NY Auto Show this year is because of the selfishness and sheer stupidity of my fellow Americans who never learned critical thinking skills. Or how to be a decent human being. Thanks…

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        like open borders w/ infected spread around the country

        now that shows no thinking skills

        • 0 avatar
          Dave M.

          Show me facts, not GOP talking points.

        • 0 avatar
          Ol Shel

          The borders aren’t open. If you cared enough to look it up, you’d learn that Biden is getting lots of criticism for keeping them closed.

          That’s not what you want to know, though.

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          With all the issues facing our country right now, immigration doesn’t even make the top 10. And we don’t have “open borders”…Open your mind and do some research. And Covid is being spread by non-vaccinated people, who are primarily right of center. Save your hate.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “And Covid is being spread by non-vaccinated people”

            Actually the amount of spread is believed to be reduced by the treatment but that amount is unknown. The highest estimate I saw was 40% but it was a small study from a very biased source. But even if we assume that figure is accurate, the “vaxxed” are still spreading 60% as much as they did before. So as usual, 80% lies/misinformation and 20% truth from US State Media.

          • 0 avatar
            thornmark

            hate? you are the hate

            you are unusually uninformed and are immune to research

            Israel reports that the vaccinated actually shed more virus than the unvaccinated and the most vaccinated country has the most cases per capita in the world

            and in August Gallup placed Immigration as the #3 problem

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      you are correct – even biden’s own man stated yesterday that regular masks do nothing

      N95 may work but few if any use them

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      Bullshit.

    • 0 avatar
      Ol Shel

      No fear in Florida, No Fauci, either.

      What they do have is 16,935 new cases TODAY. They set a new record for hospitalizations for the 3rd straight day.
      They have 140 new deaths and over 12,000 new hospitalizations.

      Florida is only 6.5% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 16% of the country’s new cases!

      Facts: not Republicans’ thing.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        Facts are never a Dem thing

        you wouldn’t know but the CDC has declared that the PCR tests are totally unreliable and will no longer be used

        Florida has a much better record then NY – people are fleeing places w/ bad governance like NY and moving to FL and TX

    • 0 avatar
      teddyc73

      @EBFlex You are absolutely correct. They react strictly on emotion and never with logic, common sense, perspective or facts. Just irrational overreacting emotion. And look at the negative impact it’s had on this nation.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Unviable alternative plan: Host a super-spreader event like an auto show, and ignore the consequences.

    I don’t know why someone would lose their vaccine card. It’s long been suggested that it could become a hall pass at some point. I protected mine like gold during a trip to Europe in May, but I never once had to produce it.

    Auto shows have been dying for some time, and their demise has been discussed here pre-Covid. At this point, they really exist for journalists and vendors; plebes like me just like to test-sit in cars without the hassle of driving around town, or being hounded by sales people.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Trade shows are losing their utility in the modern era and am inclined to agree that their days are numbered. They may have already passed.

      As for the vaccine passports, numerous business owners (most of whom are affiliated with the right-to-repair movement) have already told me they won’t be complying with the mayor’s decree. I don’t know how that plays out across the rest of NYC. So many businesses have already shut down that I figured the remnants would do just about anything to survive another year. NYIAS likely couldn’t comply without losing tons of visitors. I would imagine that had more to do with its decision to scrap the event than any real concern for the public health, though that’s the story they’re sticking with.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        You make a good point about the realities of it being a business decision. But that’s also a self-fulfilling prophesy for the NYIAS, because I assume the venue will remain empty for that time.

        At this point, I’m truly torn on the issue.

        On one hand, I have the vaccine and no longer worry about getting sick; normal, unmasked life is better. Furthermore, as a libertarian I do believe people need to follow their consciences about shots. I would attend an auto show.

        On the other hand, the virus doesn’t respect personal choices; one person’s behavior directly affects another. Since the government’s first duty is to protect its citizens, simple efforts like mask mandates make sense to me.

        Unfortunately, our society has become much more individualistic than ever; the collective good sounds like communist repression to many people. “F-U; it’s all about me” is pretty much how we operate today.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      >>Unviable alternative plan: Host a super-spreader event like an auto show, and ignore the consequences.<<

      like an open border? and depositing the infected all around the nation

      it's clear the Dems are not serious, but just political – their behavior is reprehensible

    • 0 avatar
      bunkie

      I still have my WHO vaccination record from almost 60 years ago. My Covid record is in the backpack at my feet as I write this from a lunch place in mid-town Manhattan.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    I agree with SCE to AUX: the vaccination card is something one should not lose.
    I have my original safely stored, and I also scanned it and have one copy available both on my phone and in the cloud.

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      This was suggested to us when we were vaccinated, and we did so as well. I’ve needed it for a couple of athletic events I’ve participated in.

      As far at this statement goes,

      “requiring thousands of people from out of state to furnish vaccination cards they likely already lost”

      quite clearly Mr. Posky thinks we’re incompetent and stupid. I see no reason to read any more posts with his byline.

      • 0 avatar
        el scotto

        @FormerFF; perhaps Mr. Posky’s go-tos are incompetency and stupidity? They are fast, easy, and convenient. “I used to disgusted, now I’m just amused”, Costello, E.

        • 0 avatar
          Matt Posky

          I know you guys have a schtick where you misrepresent people you disagree with in the comments but I have to remind you that I support vaccinations as well as implied consent.

          I do not support dictatorial restrictions that ravage local businesses, seem counter productive in regard people’s emotional wellbeing and suppresses their ability to live free in a nation that supposedly promises exactly that. I imagine only a coward or fool would. All this will do is set a new precedent and make it harder and more expensive to host the next trade show, keep your dealership open, or go into your factory job without having to sit in a sweltering facemask for the entire shift.

          You may now resume your misguided, authoritarian spazzing out.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Speaking of “misrepresenting people you disagree with”:

            “I always figured the liberal way would have been more… well… liberal. You know, willing to respect or accept behavior or opinions different from one’s own and adhering to a social philosophy that promotes individual rights, civil liberties, democracy, and free enterprise. ”

            Clearly you polled all of the tens of millions of liberals out there and came to the conclusion that liberals are all illiberal scientifically. Correct? I mean, God forbid you misrepresent anyone. Otherwise: physician, heal thyself.

            I get that you don’t like what’s going on in New York. I think the mayor’s off base too. But you know what? You have an election coming up; vote for someone different. Get your friends together and go march on City Hall.

            All of that is a lot more productive than whining about how liberals aren’t liberal anymore.

          • 0 avatar
            el scotto

            @ Matt Posky; it’s an airborne virus. Masks help to prevent or slow down the spread of the virus. I would hope the macho-he-man types on here would’ve worn a mask while sanding or painting a vehicle. Why would anyone want a snoot full of Covid any ore than they’d want a snoot full of airborne car rust or paint fumes? With Covid being airborne, staying 4-6 feet away from someone helps to keep from breathing in their exhalations. Many businesses couldn’t sit people 4-6 feet apart. A trade show would pack people shoulder to shoulder. Assembly lines weren’t built with social distancing in mind. Factory workers often work close to each other, within 4-6 feet, for their entire shift. Until you prove to us that you have any engineering skills, this just an “I got muh rights!” ramble.

    • 0 avatar
      teddyc73

      I can’t believe you think it’s acceptable to even HAVE something as ludicrous as a “vaccination card”. I guess you’re OK with the government stripping away your freedoms one by one. I know, I can see it now “but it’s for the greater good”. Yeah, what’s next? You’ve shown you are OK with “showing your papers”, so what is the next thing you’ll be OK with government demanding. Slippery slope.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        “You’ve shown you are OK with “showing your papers”, so what is the next thing you’ll be OK with government demanding.”

        When you’re asked for a driver’s license or photo ID, do you tell them to get lost?

  • avatar
    el scotto

    -smirking- I am the only with with a CDC pop-up ad?

  • avatar

    I admire Bill de Blasio as a mayor. He is the best mayor New York ever had. He cares about wellbeing of New Yorkers so much, even at expense of revenue from auto show. Bravo Bill! Shut down that damn show! There is nothing to see there anyway – only boring SUVs and ugly BMWs.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    You know, I miss the days of Bertel Schmitt chasing eyeballs and clicks with troll polls and writing pieces about the B&B he didn’t like.

    The last two days have been outright pandering for eyeballs focusing not on the real topic, but a tenuous connection to an external issue related to the core store.

    I refuse to be a member of TTACs jar of flies while they high five traffic numbers. Someone let me know if this site gets back to — cars — or if they get taken out back like LLN was.

  • avatar
    Boxerman

    “When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that, because someone’s vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in this city,” he told the press this week, adding that those who had not been vaccinated need to be made aware that they will not be able to “fully participate in our society.”

    The statement is so factualy wrong its frightening. The vaccine is clearly not immunity, theempirical evidence so far suggests its 40% effective against delta, and will be less effective against the variant that comes next.

    the idea that you get a jab and can go back to what was a (pre covid )disease vector lifestyle is inane.

    Tellign a group that because they are not vacinated they cant “fully participate” is the height of authoritaianism. It might be exceusable if ti were medicaly sound, but its not.

    The tehroy thta banning unvacinated protects others is a a complete fallacy. If youre vacinated you can still carry and transmit Delta just as well as the unvcaintaed, you just may be less sick, so yourew going to be out there spreading.

    If you thinkt the vacine works to give you imunity why are you worried about the unvaxinated thats their choice and danger right?, Do you think its becausee unvaxniated will spread futher, truth is the big spreaders now are the glib asymptomatic vacinated.

    The NYC model of living has to change, NYC just does not realize it yet. Chasing off all forms of income generation may win votes but the city will lteraly die when the federal spigot stops.

    To the extent there is an auto show post covid(and one now anywhere makes no sense) it shouldnt be in NYC, City people don’t buy cars and NY is hostile to the car. While NYC still thinks its some sort of national center(for museums and doctors thats still true)the center of gravity is fast moving out or has decamped already.

  • avatar
    la834

    The last few paragraphs are relatively unrelated to this news item and seem included just to provoke political schisms.

  • avatar
    Jesse

    “Progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio…”

    Ugh. Alright, Matt, your “no, I’m really an unbiased, thinking pseudo-intellectual” shtick is really tiring. I’ve been reading this site for over 15 years. I’ve been through the Bertel and Niederemyer eras (I don’t know how Paul spawned such a dolt). I even edited a few articles during the Farago years. Give it a rest. Your adjectives as pejoratives style of writing is pretty transparent.

    TTAC, I don’t know why I even bother anymore. Murilee has the only redeeming content these days. But we can find that saucy minx’s stuff elsewhere.

    Maybe it’s time to close this conservative blog down?

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    Stunning the brain dead citizens of New York elected this out of control radical buffoon.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I too like Murilee’s posts best. Murilee’s Junk Yard Finds are interesting and are not political.

  • avatar
    Greg Hamilton

    Here’s a letter from a French Colonel to the President of France. (I’m sure you can find the translation.)

    Colonel Jacques Amiot – Besançon le 28 juillet 2021

    Messieurs, je ne vous salue pas car un militaire ne salue jamais des criminels.

    Colonel Jacques Amiot

    Besançon le 28 juillet 2021

    Monsieur le Président de la République,
    Monsieur le Premier Ministre,
    Monsieur le Ministre de la santé,

    Quoi qu’il puisse m’en coûter je n’hésite pas à affirmer que vous êtes des criminels et j’associe à cette accusation tous ceux qui vous soutiennent dans votre funeste besogne : certains élus, journalistes, (je ne généralise pas).

    Vos premiers crimes remontent au début de 2020 quand, par décret, vous avez refusé aux médecins généralistes la possibilité de soigner leurs patients sous des prétextes fallacieux. Depuis cette époque vous avez des dizaines de milliers de morts sur la conscience car beaucoup de nos concitoyens auraient pu être traités et sauvés.

    Je vous défie de me prouver le contraire, car, partout dans le monde, des médicaments ont prouvé leur efficacité. Début 2020 on a aussi découvert que la Chloroquine, largement utilisée depuis plus de 70 ans notamment en Afrique, était mystérieusement devenue un produit dangereux.

    Le seul but de cette décision totalement illogique et condamnable a été de pouvoir imposer un « vaccin » en tentant de justifier qu’il n’y avait pas d’autres solutions.

    La vérité finira par éclater ; vous ne pourrez pas encore la cacher bien longtemps.

    Depuis plus d’un an le général Delawarde fait des recherches minutieuses et publie des analyses approfondies par lesquelles il a démontré que les pays qui pratiquent les traitements précoces ont proportionnellement beaucoup moins de décès que la France ; bien tardivement l’Institut Pasteur vient d’ailleurs de confirmer l’intérêt de l’Ivermectine.

    Le général a également démontré que la « pandémie » était très largement surfaite et qu’elle pouvait être gérée de manière beaucoup moins destructrice. D’autres maladies sont beaucoup plus meurtrières mais on en parle très peu.

    Vous êtes des criminels car, toujours en raison de ce refus de soins, les hôpitaux ont été engorgés, des opérations et des soins urgents ont été repoussés avec pour conséquences de nombreux décès ; sans parler de « l’assassinat » de personnes âgées par le Rivotril par manque de moyens en raison de votre incurie.

    Vous êtes des criminels car, toujours pour cette raison, vous avez provoqué l’effondrement de l’économie avec pour conséquence un chômage de masse, des suicides…

    Good luck to all of us.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Eliminating in person auto shows was in the cards long before Covid-19 but it is happening sooner now because of it. Maybe instead of dwelling on the politics it would be more interesting to discuss how the auto buying experience is changing and the future of auto shows. Could there be more virtual shows and since there will be less opportunity to physically see, touch, and test drive new vehicles what will the dealers and manufacturers do when a customer wants to see and test drive a vehicle.

  • avatar
    96redse5sp

    What’s NOT being cancelled is this year’s Sturgis Superspreader Rally. The spread of Covid in the Midwest after last year’s event was predictable, dramatic and terrifying.

    Expect to see reports of escalating numbers of Covid cases in SD, ND, WY, and MT starting on Tuesday August 17 (when the surge will start to become evident and the numbers will be processed) with increased reporting of hospitalizations starting about a week after that, and escalating Covid deaths being reported the week of Labor Day. It’s gonna be a horror show out there..,

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