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  • Originally posted by GordonGecko View Post
    The VIP parking garage is on the far North side of the new stadium, not next to the old park
    The Ruppert garage is the one with the soccer field on top. It has great access to the Deegan. A great place to park !

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    • Originally posted by GordonGecko View Post
      The VIP parking garage is on the far North side of the new stadium, not next to the old park
      You mean this one?



      Taxpayers will fund Yankees' VIP parking, NYC gets less money

      The Yankees and hundreds of their VIPs will get free valet parking for the next 40 years, courtesy of New York taxpayers.

      The startling revelation of yet another subsidy for the richest team in baseball is buried deep in the fine print of a $237 million tax-exempt bond offering that city officials quietly issued the week before Christmas.

      The documents say a $70 million state subsidy for parking improvements for the new Yankee Stadium (slated to open next year) has been earmarked for a new 660-car valet parking garage where virtually all the spaces will be reserved for the free, year-round use of the Yankees and their VIPs.

      That's not the only shocking disclosure found in the 500-page bond document.

      Others include:

      * The total cost of the parking expansion project has zoomed to $340 million - $80 million more than city officials announced only eight months ago, when the directors of the city Industrial Development Agency gave preliminary approval to the bond issue. The money is meant to pay for three new garages, refurbishing half a dozen open-air lots and replacing lost parkland due to construction.

      * Game-day parking prices for the general public will more than double from $14 last year to $29 in 2010. They could hit $35 by 2014.

      * In addition to 600 free valet parking spaces for the Yankees, 120 game-day parking spaces will be reserved for the free use of the private cars of city cops assigned to the stadium, and an additional 130 on nongame days for city vehicles on "official business."

      When Mayor Bloomberg and former Gov. George Pataki announced their deal for the Yankees to build a new stadium in the Bronx back in 2005, the mayor guaranteed the city would receive at least $3.2 million in annual rent, plus payments in lieu of taxes from the parking facilities.

      That revenue was to be the only direct income the city would receive from the entire new stadium project.

      The money was meant to help repay the direct public subsidy to the garages - $32 million from the city, plus the state's $70 million. The city's expenditure is earmarked for new parks that will sit on top of two of the garages.

      Even then, the promised revenue was substantially less than the $3.9 million the city is receiving as its share of current Yankees garage revenue.

      Now that the bonds have been issued, we learn that the new garages will not generate enough money to provide full rent and taxes to the city until at least 2014.

      That's according to the financial projections in a consultant study. The city included those projections in the bond documents but had not previously released them, despite several requests for a copy from the economic watchdog group Good Jobs New York.

      "There may be periods during which excess cash flow could be insufficient to pay the city the full amount owed," Economic Development Corp. spokeswoman Janel Patterson acknowledged. "The amounts owed will not be forgiven, but will accrue interest at a compound annual rate ... until paid in full."

      The balance sheet for the garages can't possibly be helped by the loss of more than 700 game-day spaces to the Yankees and the NYPD.

      The bond offering says, "Parking Garage Site B will be funded exclusively from the State" [and] will have 600 spaces "reserved for use by the New York Yankees, its employees, guests, customers and other invitees and will not generate revenues."

      That is double the number of free parking spaces Bloomberg announced for the team back in 2005. In addition, the garage operator must offer the team up to 900 additional parking spaces annually at an unspecified discount rate.

      "The Yankees have no involvement with the garages," team spokeswoman Alice McGillion said yesterday.

      Sure. And Manhattan has no involvement with the Brooklyn Bridge.

      Any way you slice it, the Yankees and their luxury box VIPs will enjoy free, year-round valet service at what will essentially be the team's publicly financed private garage.

      At an average $40-per-game valet parking rate, team executives can expect to save some $80 million from that sweet deal over the nearly 40-year life of the bonds.

      Since Garage B is slated to be the only parking facility physically attached to the stadium, Yankees players will enjoy an added bonus.

      They will no longer have to face adoring young fans waiting in the parking lot after the game in hopes of landing an autograph from their favorite hero.

      Nothing but the best for the Bronx Bombers - and you pick up the tab.

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      • Maybe the yankees should hire this guy so we feel a little more at home...

        My Bob Sheppard Impression who is the Yankees PA Announcer. Sheppard has been the legendary voice of the New York Yankees for over 50 years!
        www.demolitionofyankeestadium.com

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        • Protest at King George III castle

          Nice link in there to a fan protest held last week outside the steakhouse.



          Yankee Stadium Death Watch: Day 331
          By Neil deMause in Baseball, Bricks and Mortar, Featured, Politics, Stadium
          Monday, Aug. 17 2009 @ 1:34PM

          ​As anyone who's been to a game at Fake Yankee Stadium lately can attest, the old home of the Bronx Bombers across the street remains relatively intact, nearly a year after its final game. The last of the seats were sliced out in early June (taking care to preserve them for sale to any collectors willing to cough up $750 apiece), and demolition scaffolding went up later that month. Since then, though, all has been mostly quiet: Despite reports that the centerfield "black" seats would be carted off to Reggie Jackson's estate by now, they were still intact as of Friday, as were the foul poles; even the bat-shaped weathervane atop the flagpole is still in operation.

          The seemingly placid state of affairs has led to some angry protests by neighborhood residents impatient for the new ballfields that are slated to replace the House That Ruth Built once the wrecking ball has finally finished its work. The latest came yesterday, when the newly organized For The South Bronx Coalition marched around the stadium (note: Español required, or at least Google Translate) to call for speedier demolition, among other promises they say the Yanks have broken.

          "Shea Stadium was demolished in a couple of months, while Yankee Stadium is going to take a year and a half because they're selling it off brick by brick by brick," says coalition leader Ramon Jimenez.

          While one new temporary park, atop a Yankees parking garage, opened this spring, another that had opened in 2007 north of the Macombs Dam Bridge approach was razed recently to prepare for construction of yet another garage. And according to Jimenez, the artificial surface at the garage-top park has proven less than ideal: "The kids start to play football there, and the temperatures reach 150 degrees."

          David Lombino, a spokesperson for the NYC Economic Development Corporation, which is overseeing the demolition of the old stadium, says everything is proceeding according to schedule, with the grandstand to be completely razed by next June, and the new parks opening sometime in 2011. Current work is focused on "soft demolition," he says, such as removal of sheetrock and drop ceilings, with major demolition work starting "within two months" — conveniently or not, just in time to avoid forcing fans to walk by a half-gutted ballpark on their way to postseason games. (As for the report that work was being delayed so that Robby Benson can shoot a movie about Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson, and a magic storeroom, Lombino says the filming has had no effect on the schedule.)

          Jimenez, however, insists that according to his source within the Yankees organization, the slow pace has another cause: "The main thing is they're figuring out how to sell every little part in it."


          The other demands put forward by the For The South Bronx Coalition include that the Yankees release figures showing whether the team has employed local residents as promised in the Community Benefits Agreement it signed in 2006; and the replacement of the scandal-plagued chief of the Yanks' community benefits fund, which the coalition claims has distributed only about $600,000 of the promised $2.4 million in community aid, much of it in other parts of the Bronx.

          "Where I live, my community's not inconvenienced by the new stadium," says Jimenez, a Throgs Neck resident who runs a law office on 149th Street in the South Bronx. "I went to the last grant ceremony, and the Throgs Neck Little Leagues would get $7,500; the few South Bronx Little Leagues they got $1,000 or $1,500. The discrepancy was amazing."

          Meanwhile, the push is on from another group of Yankee fans and historic preservationists to preserve Gate 2, the section of the original stadium that survived the 1970s renovations the most intact. While they have Bronx borough historian Lloyd Ultan on their side ("If you go to Rome, you can get some idea of what the Forum was like from the ruins"), the Parks Department insists there are "no current plans" to preserve the gate, something EDC has estimated would cost $10 million. And Jimenez says he wouldn't want to delaying the parks still further just to retain a symbolic piece of the old stadium: "We don't think it has that great significance." At least, not compared to a ballfield that won't cause second-degree burns.

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          • Originally posted by mandrake View Post
            The Ruppert garage is the one with the soccer field on top. It has great access to the Deegan. A great place to park !
            got that right. when I parked there I got from the upper deck to the garage and out to the Deegan in just a hair over 5 minutes. And its not ridiculously expensive to park there either (I think it was around $20)

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            • Originally posted by IPO View Post
              Nice link in there to a fan protest held last week outside the steakhouse.
              damn dude you almost ruined the shea demo thread and now your reeking havoc over here? dont you have anything better to do? i kept my mouth shut in the shea demo thread because i was a newcomer, but now i've got some time under my belt and i've noticed that you might just be the most miserable baseball fan in the world...just let them play where they play jeez...sorry guys, someone had to say it:hissyfit::hissyfit: rant over
              LETS GO METS, JETS, AND KNICKS!!!!
              we're METS FANS, what ever happened to YA GOTTA BELIEVE!

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              • Originally posted by Bpt'sbiggestmetsfan1116 View Post
                damn dude you almost ruined the shea demo thread and now your reeking havoc over here? dont you have anything better to do? i kept my mouth shut in the shea demo thread because i was a newcomer, but now i've got some time under my belt and i've noticed that you might just be the most miserable baseball fan in the world...just let them play where they play jeez...sorry guys, someone had to say it:hissyfit::hissyfit: rant over
                Easy, BBMF. Don't you know they are going to demolish Citi and New Yankee and rebuild Shea and put the Yanks back in Old Yankee? LOL!

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                • Originally posted by Mygirljess View Post
                  Easy, BBMF. Don't you know they are going to demolish Citi and New Yankee and rebuild Shea and put the Yanks back in Old Yankee? LOL!
                  I will go to Re-Built Shea Stadium for the baseball game.
                  If you've been wanting to send someone a thumbs-down, opportunity knocks! I'm now on Cameo, and I'm ready to send a personalized thumbs-down to anyone you want!

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                  • Originally posted by Mygirljess View Post
                    Easy, BBMF. Don't you know they are going to demolish Citi and New Yankee and rebuild Shea and put the Yanks back in Old Yankee? LOL!
                    I'm tellin' ya its like this guy likes beating dead horses...havent you ever heard of respecting the dead and letting them REST IN PEACE? sorry guys NOW my rant is over
                    LETS GO METS, JETS, AND KNICKS!!!!
                    we're METS FANS, what ever happened to YA GOTTA BELIEVE!

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                    • Heres a few unseen pictures.
                      www.demolitionofyankeestadium.com

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                      • Originally posted by JoeDOYS View Post
                        Maybe the yankees should hire this guy so we feel a little more at home...

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVJUT5hsMxg
                        I never knew Jackie Mason announced at Yankee Stadium... or is he Christopher Walken?

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                        • Originally posted by Bpt'sbiggestmetsfan1116 View Post
                          damn dude you almost ruined the shea demo thread and now your reeking havoc over here? dont you have anything better to do? i kept my mouth shut in the shea demo thread because i was a newcomer, but now i've got some time under my belt and i've noticed that you might just be the most miserable baseball fan in the world...just let them play where they play jeez...sorry guys, someone had to say it:hissyfit::hissyfit: rant over
                          Got it, baseball is all that matters and everyone else get out of the way. Praise whatever the baseball teams do to rob everyone blind, praise the owners, praise the new ballparks and agree with everything they say completely or don't post. :gt

                          Of course at baseball fever that view point is encouraged to be written over and over thousands of times because it's pro baseball. :gt

                          Any other viewpoint must be stopped, contained or not repeated.
                          Last edited by IPO; 08-25-2009, 11:29 AM.

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                          • Originally posted by IPO View Post
                            Got it, baseball is all that matters. Praise whatever the baseball teams do to rob everyone blind, praise the owners, praise the new ballparks and agree with everything they say completely or don't post. :gt

                            Of course at baseball fever that view point is encouraged to be written over and over thousands of times because it's pro baseball. :gt
                            You could actually try not to shoot down every positive post about a new stadium, as well. Or not act as if building a new stadium is an absolute evil. You can point things out without being a disruptive force. That has nothing to do with being pro baseball or ra ra team but everything to do with at least showing the slightest bit of respect for your fellow posters and their viewpoints.

                            And, as I've often said, if you don't like how things are here, or how you perceive them to be, you simply don't have to post here.
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                            • Originally posted by giantsean View Post
                              I never knew Jackie Mason announced at Yankee Stadium... or is he Christopher Walken?
                              LOL! I think hes more of a Christopher Walken...
                              www.demolitionofyankeestadium.com

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                              • Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
                                You could actually try not to shoot down every positive post about a new stadium, as well. Or not act as if building a new stadium is an absolute evil. You can point things out without being a disruptive force. That has nothing to do with being pro baseball or ra ra team but everything to do with at least showing the slightest bit of respect for your fellow posters and their viewpoints.
                                Cold Nose, I invite you to produce one post where I have flamed another member since I joined BF or where I have produced a negative post where I have been critical of other ballparks being constructed outside of New York unless saving Tiger Stadium is something negative in your viewpoint.

                                It's not like I post articles, gave a viewpoint and then added X is an idiot, moron ect at the end of my messages which is done all over these forums which go largely un moderated because you don't have enough mods to police it but you have time to tell me I'm too negative and that somehow this means I'm not showing the slightest respect for others?

                                Are you actually writing to tell me posting information from newspapers that confirm my viewpoint is showing disrespect? Keep in mind I did not write those articles and unless those writers are calling out a poster at BF all I'm doing is making points to back what I claim. Steinbrenner is a convicted felon x2, it's not something I made up to assassinate someone's character and his corporate ballpark has been compared to US Celluar from day one by media and the public. Many feel the demolition of real Yankee Stadium was completely un necessary and endless criticism for what the new ballpark represent has been virtually non-stop.

                                I'm curious if I posted all positive messages would you be writing to tell me any of this and have you ever contacted another member and said all these positive posts are disruptive?

                                I have seen no rule here that says information and viewpoints must be one way or another, if there is simply tell all of us.

                                On the previous page all I saw was personal attacks and flaming before I even made a post.

                                Your post to me seems to indicate information is a dangerous thing around here that has to be regulated in a certain direction or it's a problem for some of these posters who do not obey your forum rules and result to name calling and flaming.

                                Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
                                And, as I've often said, if you don't like how things are here, or how you perceive them to be, you simply don't have to post here.
                                What I see is a double-standard where viewpoints are being regulated toward the positive but what I perceive means nothing. As long as I don't flame members which I have never done or insult them please respect my viewpoint just the same as if every post were positive.

                                Why don't you simply tell the truth , that it's easier to regulate the viewpoint of one at the source (even if that person is not breaking any rule) than controlling all the flaming and personal attacks that follow because those people cannot control themselves.

                                Ever think if you simply asked for a little help instead of writing to tell me I'm not showing the slightest respect after BF inventing bans against me I might be a more positive person and a little sympathetic to what is a very tough job moderating these forums.

                                This is the same thing you did in the Tiger Stadium thread to some other members who are very upset about what transpired and do not see it as positive.

                                You want to ban me for good, go ahead.

                                Thank You
                                Last edited by IPO; 08-25-2009, 08:49 PM.

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