Criticism Of The New Yankee Stadium
March 25th, 2006

On the heels of the Empire State Development Corporation‘s approval for the new Yankees Stadium proposal, and the eve of the City Council subcommittee hearing this Tuesday, the blogosphere and op-ed pages have lit up.

Daily News Columnist Errol Louis, says the project needs to be overhauled.

Pointing to the Bronx’s dangerous asthma levels, and the city’s title of worst air in the nation – according to the EPA – he derides the $70 million in state financing for parking garages, and instead supports the proposal for a new Metro-North station as advocated by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. He goes on to say, “a no-more-cars approach to the new stadium [should be] a nonnegotiable demand.”

He goes on to mention Good Jobs New York’s critique that the city and state are subsidizing the wealthiest sports franchise in the nation, which will wind up paying poverty wages, on average, for the permanent in-stadium jobs it will create.

NY Sun columnist Andrew Wolf sees a revived Tammany Hall philosophy in the stadium deal. He views the trust fund set up as part of the agreement as being reminiscent of an idea called “honest graft”, where an official would learn of the city’s plan for an area, then go and buy up the property, then sell it to the city at exorbitant prices.

Instead of Thanksgiving turkeys, the Bronx machine “will dispense construction jobs, grants to community groups, and even Yankee tickets to ensure a steady stream of voters and campaign workers who owe allegiance to the party.” As further proof that you can buy support, he points to the Yankee’s owner’s decision to hire the lobbying firm Mirram Global. The group’s clients – Mirram also does political consulting – always end up winning the Bronx Democratic machine’s endorsement, he says.

Curbed has a great listing of entries on the topic, including a comprehensive mapping of the plan by OnNYTurf, as well as criticism of the stadium deal by Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, and more.

By on March 25, 2006, 11:52 pm
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5 Responses to “Criticism Of The New Yankee Stadium”

  1. james joseph Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 12:53 am

    The best reporting on the Yankee Stadium scandal, hands down, has been in the freebie Metro and the Web site Field of Schemes.

    Look at the Save Our Parks Web site. It tells the history of the coverage. The articles about taxpayers funding the demolition of the stadium, the general assembly sell out on the parks, the struggles of the people, the city being in danger of paying for the parking garages, all of this was in the freebie Metro before any of the mainstream papers. The pay-papers have never even picked this up.

    The Daily News and the NY Times have both published editorials endorsing the stadium, while Metro has regularly exposed the lies the Yankees and the Bronx pols keep pushing. One day people should see this as the first time the freebies made a difference.

    I wish Metro would turn its attention to Atlantic Yards, but I admire the efforts. It is all in the reporting. No opinion, no bs.

  2. Amy Stodghill Says:
    March 27th, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    Glad to see there are others that picked up on this especially from the neighborhood/poverty/environmental perspective.

  3. Save Our Parks Says:
    March 30th, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    Here’s the link for the SaveOurParks blog, to which James Joseph refers:

  4. Mike DeChristopher Says:
    April 6th, 2006 at 12:39 am

    How can we allow these greedy politicians and business people to take the Yankees out of the most beautiful stadium with the richest history in sports? It is a sick and helpless feeling. It is obvious that Steinbrenner and his political cronies have no real feeling for the history of baseball; Steinbrenner gets to feed his boundless ego and continues to erode the magic of a franchise which real fans cherish.

  5. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Yankees, Go Home Says:
    August 18th, 2006 at 6:25 am

    […] Clearly, critics remain, including some 100 demonstrators who protested during the ceremony. The Bronx group Save Our Parks (which is opposed to the taking of Macombs Dam and Mullaly parks for the stadium) announced it is appealing the decision to allow the stadium to go forward. Compiled by Jonathan Mandell […]

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