LifestylePets Pandas could be coming to NYC if Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s group gets its way Rep. Carolyn Maloney is spearheading an effort to bring pandas to New York City. Above, the Smithsonian's youngest giant panda cub Bei Bei makes his public debut on Jan. 16, 2016 following his birth last August at the National Zoo in Washington. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Oliver Douliery By Matthew Chayes firstname.lastname@example.org @chayesmatthew Updated August 23, 2016 7:21 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Get ready for some panda-monium! Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said Tuesday that a group she’s spearheading to bring panda bears to New York City has created a nonprofit and opened a bank account devoted to the cause. “I’d say, the pandas are coming!” the ursine enthusiast said, nibbling beneath a tree on a confectionery outside City Hall. Earlier this month, Maloney and the billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis met with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s economic development deputy mayor, Alicia Glen, seeking her support. The next step, Maloney said, is seeking approval for the pandas from the Chinese government. One location Maloney said the group is eyeing is a north section of Central Park. “We’ve had a lot of troubles. We’re soon going to be celebrating 9/11. We’ve had Sandy, we’ve had the financial crisis. It’s time we have a little luck. And pandas are symbols of good luck,” she said. Catsimatidis didn’t return an email seeking comment Tuesday, and a representative of the Chinese government could not be reached. De Blasio spokesman Raul Contreras said the administration is on board “as long as it’s done with private funds.” “The mayor welcomes bringing pandas to the city,” Contreras said. Pandas in the city would cost tens of millions of dollars, a published report says. By Matthew Chayes email@example.com @chayesmatthew Matthew Chayes, a Newsday reporter since 2007, covers New York City Hall. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.