As New York City faces an exponential rise in coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm its hospital capacity, City Hall has asked New York state for permission to use its sprawling Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s far West Side as a “potential medical surge facility.”

The de Blasio administration is still awaiting a response, said Omar Bourne, a spokesperson for New York City’s emergency management department.

The idea has been gaining traction in local circles.

On Tuesday, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and his colleague, Stephen Levin, suggested Javits as a potential health facility site. They also argued that the city and state should transform Madison Square Garden, the home of the ailing Knicks, into a home for the ailing.