Facts about the New Yankee Stadium Plan
Did you know?
Our elected officials, both the NY State Assembly and the NYC Council have voted to give away our public parks for the private interest of the NY Yankees.
Promised replacement of parks represents an unequal exchange: One large park area will be replaced by several smaller scattered parcels. These parks will be located further away from the community and our children - some will be built on TOP of parking garages, while others will be located across a highway and railroad tracks. Construction of these “parks” is not slated to start until after the stadium is completed – five years from now! Money for the replacement parks has not been specifically allocated, thereby throwing in doubt in the minds of many that these "parks" will ever be built.
Initial environmental studies by the Federal and State governments indicate that this project will have a detrimental effect on the air quality and health of our community.
A multitude of large oak trees will be sacrificed to make room for the stadium and associated parking garages. This exchange of trees for parking spaces will further affect our air quality, negatively impacting asthma rates for our community and our visitors. In addition, an 800-car garage and large loading dock are scheduled to be built adjacent to the skateboard park, basketball courts, swimming pool, gymnasium and picnic areas, directly affecting the health of our children.
How will this plan impact local businesses if the fans are encouraged to shop within the stadium walls? Plans for the stadium include a host of retail establishments within the stadium walls, isolating fans from the neighborhood. Private souvenir stores are threatened by this plan.
Residents on both Jerome and River Avenues will face a monolithic 14-story wall enclosing the stadium, thereby destroying their peaceful view of parkland.
Construction jobs created will be temporary and will not necessarily go to locals.
Does any of this sound to you like a positive for our community?