The Monument is correct. The two photos are, in fact, Ruppert Place from 161st Street, looking south along the third base exterior towards home plate (Gate 4). In the top photo on page 241, in the distance is an apartment building on the Manhattan side of the Harlem River. (Note: this building is NOT one of the Polo Grounds Towers.) In the top photo on page 291, that same building can be seen between the stadium and the street light. Also, in the top photo on page 291, there is a curb that would not be present on the 157th Street pedestrian plaza, because Ruppert Place was still an actual street - and if this was the 157th Street, you'd see the parking garage across the street... there is no garage across the street in this image.
Originally Posted by The Monument
The book itself is impressive, and I'm glad to have been able to be a part of it. The renovation of Yankee Stadium is uncharted territory in the book world, and Mike Wagner has done a terrific job. I was particularly interested in the renovation photos taken from the 161st Street elevated platform, because having used that same vantage point to take demolition shots, I could relate. It's too bad the interest in ballparks wasn't as widespread back then as it is now, because we could have gotten a whole avalance of interesting renovation images, especially since they just had "chicken wire" fences surrounding the perimeter, instead of solid wood as was the case during the demolition.
As a Met fan, I liked seeing Shea Stadium have its moment in the sun. Interesting to see the close-up of the Yankees logo at the top of the Shea scoreboard (page 183), because it shows not only how it was placed in there, but you can also see the "wind holes" that were intentionally added to prevent any actual damage from wind.
Also, the caption on page 173 should be changed to read "Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets from 1964 to 2008" - it currently reads " . . . home of the New York Mets since 1964" which is no longer correct.
This is home now - Citi Field, capacity 41,800 - and every seat in this ballpark seemingly filled, some standees as well, anticipating a piece of history as delivered by Mike Pelfrey, the 25-year-old from Wichita, Kansas. Into a windup, his first pitch in the history of Citi Field, a fastball for a called strike to Jody Gerut. Gerut off to a .214 start with no homers and one RBI. - Howie Rose calls the very first pitch thrown at Citi Field, April 13, 2009