Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
The updated agenda can be found at:
City Hall, Third Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 788-3071
Fax: (212) 788-3086
Monday, February 8, 2010
- Why the effort to save Gate 2?
o Old Yankee Stadium has become iconic and the most important stadium in our history. Only the Roman Coliseum is more greatly recognized in terms of historical significance. Old Yankee Stadium has been host to some of the greatest events to ever take place. Along with being residence to the world’s most successful sports franchise ever, the New York Yankees, the stadium has hosted events that included Presidents of the United Stated, visitations and services by several Popes and Cardinals, bared witness to many religious groups and gatherings, hosted championship professional and college football teams, featured some of the great boxers in history, held multiple soccer matches, and been host to many other important events. Some of those include the historic memorial held at the Stadium to honor those lost on 9/11 as well at the celebration for Nelson Mandela to signify the end of apartheid in South Africa. Only Yankee Stadium was chosen to host these historic events. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Elston Howard, Pele’, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, and Josh Gibson are just a few names that paved the way for all the great men and women who would venture about this grand stadium. With Gate 2 being the only “original” element of the stadium from the 1920’s, Gate 2 would be the only piece of the stadium that has bared witness to these great events. Gate 2 also encompasses many important historical and architectural elements that adhere to the original stadium. Gate 2 will make a grand entrance for the new ballparks that are to be built on top of the Old Yankee Stadium site. Only Gate 2 can help represent the sheer size and majesty of the original stadium and only Gate 2 can fill the need for the aesthetic shortcomings of the current plan set forth by the New York City Parks Department. Gate 2 will be the only way we can share the marvelous history of this unrivaled and one of a kind stadium with people now, and for many future generations to come.
- Gate 2 will take up large amounts of valuable park space if it is saved!
o Due to Gate 2’s location along 161st Street, saving Gate 2 will have no impact on the amount of park space that is available to the residents of the South Bronx. Gate 2 runs along the sidewalk and will take up “minimal” space at the new park. It will not only make the new ballparks look “majestic”, but will add to the character of the plan proposed by the New York City Parks Department. Only the Gate represent the sheer size and majesty of the original stadium and only Gate 2 can fill the need for the aesthetic shortcomings of the current plan set forth by the New York City Parks Department.
- There are other “original” parts of the stadium that are going to be saved and incorporated into the plan that the Parks Department has submitted. Gate 2 is not needed.
o It is a fact that the current plan set forth by the New York City Parks Department includes ZERO original physical elements or structures from the stadium. It must be noted that the original “frieze”, otherwise known as the “façade”, was completely destroyed in 1973. The metal was sold for scrap to a company in Albany, NY. The façade used in the stadium from 1976 until 2008 was just a concrete replica. The “smokestack”, otherwise known as the “bat”, was constructed during the renovation of the mid 1970’s. It is only decades old. Only Gate 2 is “original” from the 1920’s.
- Gate 2 will cause major delays in constructing the ballparks that are to be built at the old site.
o Saving Gate 2 will have very little impact in terms of delays of building the new ballparks. Due to Gate 2’s location, the gate has no impact on the fields themselves. In fact, local engineers and architects have proven that the gate can be made structurally sound within a matter of days.
- Gate 2 underwent major modifications during the renovations of the mid-1970s. It is not “original”.
o Gate 2 is in fact the ONLY original piece from the 1920’s. When the stadium underwent renovation during the 1970’s, only Gate 2 was sparred due to its location on 161st. Street. Gate 2 is in fact, over 90% original, including the foundation. It is the only physical structure of the stadium that is still true to form and reflects the stadium as it was built in the 1920’s. Gate 2 can very easily, inexpensively, and quickly be touched up to appear exactly like the original.
- I read that there is a “volunteer” program in which works would want to work on Gate 2. Is this true?
o The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium has created, developed, and proposed to the City of New York the "SAVE THE GATE Volunteer Worker Program", designed to eliminate all labor costs potentially associated with the saving of Gate 2 at Old Yankee Stadium, and other improvements to the new park design for the Old Yankee Stadium site. You can join with other architects, engineers, construction foremen and laborers, iron workers, cost estimators, lawyers, historians, preservationists, painters, masons, water proofers, safety and security professionals, insurance and contracts experts, among others - all helping to save this irreplaceable treasure. You can help SAVE THE GATE and otherwise transform the Old Yankee Stadium site into the preeminent park its majestic history compels. The more volunteers the better!!! All interested parties should contact the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium; providing your name, applicable skill, trade or profession - as well as a brief description of the services and number of days you would like to volunteer. Help make the Old Yankee Stadium site a park worthy of its unparalleled history!!!
- The proposed commemorative bricks that will be used in the park will quickly erode and wear away. Also, fans will purchase bricks that will include inappropriate slogans, using terms such as, “Yankees Stink”, “I Hate the Yankees”, etc.
o The Commemorative Bricks that would be used in the park are constructed of the highest quality materials. These bricks have already been proven time after time to withstand all types of foot traffic, bicycle traffic, cart traffic, erosion, weathering, etc. These types of bricks are currently installed in dozens of ballparks and stadiums throughout the United States, and many have been in place now for over a decade. They have been proven to be more than durable. In fact, many ballparks and stadiums are adding addition “phases” of bricks as their initial “phase” was so successful.
· Each brick submission is carefully screened for inappropriate comments. There is a strict policy in place in which certain criteria must be met. No inappropriate bricks will ever be placed in the ballparks.
- Why did the effort to save Gate 2 begin so late?
o In reality the effort to save Gate 2 has never been late. We have been continually adapting to changes in the city’s plans. The reason that the effort to save just Gate 2 began so late is that we were told through various media outlets that originally the plan was to save the ENTIRE stadium, or a very large portion of it. It was the Mayor, the Bronx Borough President, the Parks Commissioner, and George Steinbrenner who all promised this to and for the citizens of the Bronx. Even up until as late as 2008, there were still reports that major sections of Old Yankee Stadium were going to be saved. As late as the spring of 2008, the tour guides at Old Yankee Stadium were saying “much” of the old stadium was going to be saved. It was only learned that in late 2008, the in fact, the ENTIRE stadium was going to be taken down and destroyed.
Please contact the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium:
Sunday, February 7, 2010
"Old Yankee Stadium Park"
NEW GATE MONUMENT VIDEO
The Above Video Can Also Be Found at:
The Above Video Can Also Be Found at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhlmLlYEXl0
Jointly Proposed to the City of New York by the
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
PLEASE ALSO SEE IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW, POSTED IN RED
In extensive consultation and coordination with leading historians, architects, construction experts, and engineers - from New York and across the country - the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium and HistoryOfTheYankees.com have researched, designed and proposed a NEW GATE 2 MONUMENT to properly preserve and commemorate the history of the original Old Yankee Stadium (1923-1972). At present, the New York City Parks Department plans to completely deconstruct and sell the entire original Stadium, over emphatic concerns and objections of citizens and experts around the nation, as well as those of New York City officials, including but not limited to Bronx County Historian Lloyd Ultan, and the Public Design Commission. The Design Commission recently rejected the Parks Department most recent proposed plan to recklessly destroy and sell the entire original Stadium, not preserving any part of it whatsoever in commemoration (and otherwise not properly commemorating the site's unparalleled place in New York and American history.)
To address these urgent concerns, top Yankee Stadium historians, architects, and designers have voluntarily joined forces to propose a monument which properly and comprehensively addresses all historic, structural, aesthetic, and financial, issues under City review. The stunning resulting design - generated by the world's preeminent Yankee Stadium 3D modeler, designer & animator, Rick Kaplan - is depicted in the above-cited YouTube video. It faithfully, elegantly and feasibly captures and preserves the original majesty of Old Yankee Stadium, immediately allowing park visitors (for hundreds of years to come) to readily and tangibly see what The House That Ruth Built really looked like - inside and out - in a manner majestically commemorating the Stadium's original 1920's Stadium architecture - simultaneously generating year-round tourism and associated revenues for the City of New York. Most particularly, it will provide great beauty and benefits to the historic Bronx community that has hosted Yankee Stadium since 1923.
To make this monument a reality, the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium & HistoryOfTheYankees.com have also voluntarily developed the SAVE THE GATE Commemorative Brick Program, which can raise an additional $10 million dollars for the City, as well as the SAVE THE GATE VOLUNTEER WORKER PROGRAM, which will eliminate virtually all labor costs associated with preserving the Gate.
Thus, the City will actually GREATLY profit - not only culturally, but financially, too, by saving Gate 2.
Most important of all is the fact that IF Gate 2 is NOT saved,
the City of New York will have wantonly destroyed and given away ALL of the greatest stadium and sports site in American history.
The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium and HistoryOfTheYankees.com, met with Parks Department hierarchy this week, at the Arsenal in Central Park, to present and discuss their joint proposals. Details of that meeting will be made available to the media through the contacts below.
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Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
Chris & Cindy Jones
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
The Committee to Commemorate to Old Yankee Stadium has three urgent missions:
1) To Preserve Old Yankee Stadium Gate 2 as a permanent commemorative feature at Old Yankee Stadium Park. To achieve this, we have initiated the SAVE THE GATE COMMEMORATIVE BRICK DRIVE and VOLUNTEER WORKER PROGRAM.
2) To name the new park site of Old Yankee Stadium "OLD YANKEE STADIUM PARK", a majestically unique and infinitely more appealing, accurate, and appropriate name. The currently proposed name has been widely criticized by Baseball, historical and architectural experts (as well as legions of informed fans and concerned citizens) as grossly common, bland, ambiguous, and terribly disconnected from the site's preeminent role in New York history, including its internationally unmatched history in Baseball. (Indeed, there are many dozens of Heritage Parks and Fields across the country, including the Cleveland Indians "Heritage Park" - right in the AL East!!!)
3) To name the baseball field in Old Yankee Stadium Park, "BABE RUTH MEMORIAL FIELD" in tribute to the most renowned player and icon in Baseball history, and to replace the original "BABE RUTH MEMORIAL FIELD" which was destroyed to make room for new Yankee Stadium. (BABE RUTH MEMORIAL FIELD was intended to be a "permanent" tribute to Babe Ruth's immortal and unparalleled contributions to the City of New York. It's destruction, along with the destruction of "The House That Ruth Built", leaves the City devoid of any public tribute to America's greatest and most beloved sports figure.In the near future, we will also be applying to the U.S. Department of Interior for long-overdue National Landmark status for the site of Old Yankee Stadium, which will provide even further (stimulus and historic preservation) funds available to the City of New York for the preservation of Gate 2 and complete commemoration of "Old Yankee Stadium Park."