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Brooklyn wants to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Cue the Girls jokes: Brooklyn is bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he submitted a formal bid to bring the convention to the borough's Barclays Center, home of two major sports teams and the venue for big-ticket musical events. Fifteen cities were asked to bid for the lucrative event, with today being the last day to submit proposals.

"The progressive spirit of New York City has never been stronger or more vibrant that it is today," wrote de Blasio in the proposal, according to the New York Times. "We believe that this spirit can energize and captivate both the Democratic Party and the nation."

We'll find out whether Brooklyn wins either at the end of this year or early in 2015.