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The field is just a place, a venue, a sandlot.
I do think the ball was dropped on the design. It seems shockingly small for an NY stadium at 45,000, the park looks disjointed on the inside with its various clubs, Exclusive View Reserved levels and VIP levels jutting out from all over the place, and the faux-asymmetry in right field looks horrible.
I think there was the ability in the design that paid tribute to the two previous New York City National League franchises, and the Mets, and to build something fresh. Instead we got the standard, out-of-the-box mallpark model. Gosh, it's already like the third park to claim to have an Ebbets Field rotunda.
I concur. CitiField is actually an excellent ballpark, especially when compared to the cement mausoleum that is Yankee Stadium II.
By next Saturday, there will be little need for his services. That is when the city begins the first phase of a $3 billion plan to overhaul what it calls a blighted area. The city could invoke eminent domain to take control of land where several hundred businesses have eked out a livelihood for years, some for decades. The plan will unroll in three phases.
In the first, businesses in the 23-acre section of Willets Point just across 126th Street from the stadium, and roughly bounded by 127th Street, Roosevelt Avenue to the south and 35th Avenue to the north, face a deadline to vacate this month; they will be replaced by a hotel, a retail area and a park.
Subsequent phases, in the north and northeast sections of Willets Point, will include the construction of apartment buildings and a school, among other things. [...]
The Queens Development Group, a pairing of the Related Companies and Sterling Equities [aka the Wilpons], which is building the new Willets Point, declined to comment.
There was an article about the area several years back. It had only one permanent resident, who lived inside one of his chop shops. Because the otherwise uninhabited area was zoned as a voting district, New York City had to set up a voting booth and keep it open and staffed and police-protected for the duration of Election Day (6:00 am - 9:00 pm).
What a vulgar, Albert Speer-looking pile of expensive empty seat ugly YSII is.
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