On Deck. All Hallow's Justin Soto, 16, takes practice swings while waiting for his at-bat in yesterday's opener against Cardinal Hayes High School. All Hollow's won 8 to 1. The $ 2 billion dollar tax-payer subsidized Yankees stadium termed, "the House that Greed Built," is seen in the background. (Photos: © Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on image to enlarge.
The community lost two ballfields and 3 acres of parkland in the immediate area. These are just some of the impacts and Broken Promises felt by the community.
Now Parks must maintain the fields properly, All Hallows Principal and assistant baseball coach Sean Sullivan said. All Hallows players cleaned and raked the old Macombs Dam Park fields for years because the city failed to, he said.
History Destined To Repeat Itself? Babe Ruth Field- Macomb's Dam Park - 2006. Children of Mexican descent play in garbage while their parents picnicked nearby a few weeks before the parks were seized by the Yankees and destroyed to build the new stadium. The fields were located across the street from the original Yankee Stadium and were once one of the city's premiere fields before they abandoned taking care of them decades earlier.
Even though the Yankees have grossed over $ 1 billion dollars in ticket and luxury suite sales alone since the new stadium opened on the parkland, not a single penny of dedicated funding has been allocated for the maintenance of the replacement park facilities. A total of one Assistant Gardener is assigned for the entire park district - which consists of dozens park properties. — Geoffrey Croft
All Hallows and Cardinal Hayes High School first base action. A section of the iconic frieze from the old Yankee Stadium can be seen in the background.
Spectators and school supporters yesterday watched All Hallows and Cardinal Hayes High School at the first game played on the new Heritage field.
Editors Note: The Daily News article contained a few inaccurate and misleading statements.
"The project was delayed because the city took extra precautions when demolishing the old ballpark, officials said."
That statement was not fact checked. There were numerous factors that lead to the serious delays that plagued this project, taking "extra precautions" were not among the most relevant. The lack of pressure by the administration to stick to schedules is believed by many officials to be the main reason. One prime example was the administration allowing the negotiations to secure the rights to sell memorabilia from the original stadium to drag on. This caused serious delays. A more comprehensive analysis of these issues will be released shortly in the Broken Promises update.
"City Councilwoman Helen Foster, one of two city pols to oppose the stadium plan,..."
Helen Foster, in fact, sponsored the home rule legislation that allowed the park to be seized (alienated) to build the stadium. She later changed her mind and said she made "a mistake." She has been quoted by numerous media without mentioning her role.
New York Daily News - April 3, 2012 - By Daniel Beekman