The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium             

Gate 2 Rumors Dispelled

Press Releases

1.) Save the Gate Commemorative Brick Drive - October 19, 2009

2.) Public Design Commission Hearing - October 26, 2009

3.) Gate 2 Volunteer Worker Program - November 20, 2009

4.) Mr. and Mrs. Jones Go To Washington - December 18, 2009

5.) New Gate 2 Monument Design - January 24, 2010

6.) New Gate Monument Video - February 3, 2010

7.) Old Yankee Stadium Park - February 22, 2010

8.) Anniversary Vigil Tribute at Old Yankee Stadium - Sunday, March 14, 2010

9.) Old Yankee Stadium Balconies - Saved for the People of New York!!! - Friday, April 9, 2010

 

10.) Emergency Petition for Public Review and Hearing Regarding Preservation of Old Yankee Stadium Balconies - Click Here!

11.) Parks Department Reneges on Promise to Save Historic Yankee Stadium Balconies - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 19, 2009
 
 
OLD YANKEE Stadium Park
 
"SAVE THE Gate"
COMMEMORATIVE BRICK DRIVE
 
Proposed by Citizens and Groups
from Around the Country to Help
SAVE HISTORIC Gate 2
at the
"The House That Ruth Built"
 
 
For the purpose of saving historic Gate 2 at Old Yankee Stadium, baseball groups HistoryOfTheYankees.com, the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium & the Committee to Commemorate Babe Ruth  - speaking for and acting on behalf of Baseball fans, historians, architects, historic preservationists, and other concerned citizens, groups, and relevant experts from New York and around the nation, has voluntarily researched and developed a
 Public fundraising campaign to the City of New York, entitled the "SAVE THE Gate" Commemorative Brick Drive. 
 
This Commemorative Brick Drive will be similar to ones throughout Major League BallParks and other leading sports venues throughout the world, such as the highly successful programs employed by the Mets at Citi Field (Fanwalk),  the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, and the Cleveland Indians' "Heritage Park." 
 
Based on Committee studies and expert estimates, commemorative bricks at plazas & walkways encompassing the new Parkland and ball fields scheduled to replace the historic site of Old Yankee Stadium could generate well over 5 Million dollars (as other MLB "legacy" brick memorials have) - depending on exact design.  This would provide the City of New York millions of dollars more than is needed to save historic Gate 2!!
 
Legacy brick plazas & walkways would also dramatically increase YEAR-ROUND tourism and visitation to the much-in-need Old Yankee Stadium neighborhood - where residents and businesses have lost critical revenues with the Stadium's closure and destruction.  Saving Gate 2 will make the new Park one of the most respected and profitable in the country. These brick plazas & walkways would also simultaneously enhance the currently poor aesthetics of the preliminary "Heritage Field" plan, exponentially improving the historic and cultural "disconnect" decried by historic design experts.  (Adding extra elegance and attraction, the commemorative bricks can be made in magnificent blue, white and gray combinations, in unique tribute to the Stadium's unparalleled place in history.)
 
The Parks Department's preliminary plan for the historic Old Yankee Stadium is the highly controversial and criticized "Heritage Field", which retains absolutely NOTHING from Old Yankee Stadium.  This as yet unapproved plan has been emphatically objected to by officials, experts, and fans, who regard it as historically, architecturally, and aesthetically "bland" and "inauthentic".  It's MOST tragic failure is that it omits saving anything from original Yankee Stadium - a fatal flaw easily corrected with the saving of the 1920's era Gate 2.  (The Parks Department abruptly withdrew from their October 5 appearance before the NYC Design Commission, where they were scheduled to defend against these widespread and well-informed criticisms in a Public Hearing before New York City Design Commission, which oversees the aesthetic and architectural suitability of all Public projects in New York City.)
 
Parks Department has told the media (without providing any evidence whatsoever ) that the cost of saving Gate 2 - the original Stadium's most glorious remaining element - is too prohibitive, claiming (again without providing any evidence) it would cost "10 Million dollars".  Architectural and structural engineering experts assess the cost at only 1 Million dollars, less than the cost of demolishing and removing the Gate.  In other words, experts believe it will cost less to save Gate 2 than to destroy it!!!
 
In any case, the "SAVE THE Gate" Commemorative Brick Drive would eliminate any cost concern - providing up to 10 Million dollars - thereby saving a majestic part of America's greatest and most historically important Stadium, thereby assuring that the historic site of Old Yankee Stadium be more properly preserved, protected & commemorated - making it one of the premier urban Parks in America - rather than the unnecessary mediocre and uninspired architectural, aesthetic, cultural, and historical flop that's now proposed by the Parks' Department.
 
For further information, please call or write the contacts below - who can also put you in touch with historians, preservationists, architects, and other relevant experts, helping to save the Gate.
 
SAVE THE Gate videos prepared by Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium members can be seen at:
 http://www.ultimateyankees.com/savetheGate.htm See, for example: "TOP 9 REASONS TO SAVE THE Gate" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyqyl1WJuJM, a musical summary of why the Gate should be saved (to Four of a Kind's "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"), which includes a brief depiction and description of the proposed SAVE THE Gate Commemorative Brick Drive (at "Reason No. 7", 1:04 - 1:14)
 
 
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Information provided above was derived from consultation with top authorities in the fields of Baseball, architecture, New York history & historic preservation, as well as with top "legacy brick" fundraising experts.
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For Further Information, Please contact:
 
 
Tim Reid
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
754-368-1295

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 26, 2009

 

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED!!!

 

The Hearing was a GREAT success, resulting in official disapproval of the severely flawed preliminary plan for the old Yankee Stadium Site!!!

 

The Parks Department has been firmly directed to overhaul the Park design - either saving the Gate - or proving why they can not!

 

Below is the Committee's very well received presentation

 

As presented by Cindy Jones

 

 

Committee to Commemorate

Old Yankee Stadium

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Public Design Commission Hearing

New York City Hall

October 26, 2009

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Thank you so very much for this great honor & opportunity to speak on behalf of people around the country, who so passionately want to pay tribute to the greatest Stadium in the American history….America’s Coliseum…Old Yankee Stadium.

 

As Mayor Bloomberg reported only last year, in the "Official Yankee Stadium Retrospective" Old Yankee Stadium is one of New York's three most asked-about New York City international icons, along with Empire State Building, and the Empire State Building.  Wherever he travels around the world, he said, people always ask about [Old] Yankee Stadium. 

 

Dozens of international luminaries, including presidents, governors, and celebrities of every type - joined the Mayor in this book - one of many hundreds written on the history of the Stadium - voicing how very highly regarded the Stadium is around the world.

 

Indeed, it is Old Yankee Stadium's unmatched prominence, that compelled me to fly in this morning from my home state of Virginia, to encourage and plead to the great City of New York to "properly preserve and celebrate" this national landmark and treasure.

 

Commissioners, the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium

request that you please Save Gate 2,

 

The exciting reality is that Gate 2 IS overwhelmingly original - as the two photos of Gate 2 before you make unmistakably clear - one from the 1930's and the other taken just this year.  The City's original belief that Gate 2 was NOT original was wrong.

 

And, moreover, Gate 2 is PERFECTLY located between New and Old Yankee Stadiums -- providing a magnificent architectural, and even spiritual, Gateway, connecting our past to our future.

 

 As Bronx County Historian, Dr. Lloyd Ultan, observed in Paul Goldberger's recent article in the New Yorker citing authoritative criticisms of preliminary Park design:

 

“What’s missing from the Park plan is the architecture of the Stadium itself.”

 

- later stating that a large, tangible part of the original Stadium is needed to effectively communicate the original Stadium's majesty & size, like ruins of antiquity so powerfully do.

 

Architectural experts Rick Bell, Jeff Bianco, Phil Reina - along with so many others - the preliminary design as "lacking authenticity". 

 

In fact, neither Babe, nor Lou, saw ANYTHING included in the current proposal! 

 

BUT, they saw Gate 2!!

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Yankee Stadium historians across the country - including Bill Jenkinson and the City's own Dr. Ultan - emphatically agree, adding that a meaningful tangible memory from the Stadium's most glorious days is needed to properly record its irreplaceable preeminence.

   

As Paul Doherty, a leading authority on Yankee Stadium, put it: 

 

"Gate 2 will serve as a cultural lamp post to the great eras of New York City's sporting dominance - second only to the Roman Coliseum in its importance to the overall history of world sports." 

 

The essential point we all must remember is that:

 

If Gate 2 is not saved, nothing of the Stadium's most glorious era and architecture will be! 

 

 

We also respectfully request, Commissioners, that the Old Yankee Stadium Site be called "Old Yankee Stadium Park", rather than the overly common and nondescript  "Heritage Field", or "Park" of which there are so very many across the country - including one at the Cleveland Indians' Stadium right up the road in the Yankees' own AL East! 

 

"Old Yankee Stadium Park"  is clearly a far better name - one that truly "celebrates the site's rich history", as is the charter and goal of the Commission.  Paul Goldberger, the renowned New York historic architect - and the City's Board Member for the National Trust for Historic Preservation  - also disapproves of the name. Dr. Ultan emphatically joins him, along with preeminent historians and Baseball fans of the Stadium across the City, and country.

 

For similarly compelling reasons, we request the baseball area of the new Park be called "Babe Ruth Memorial Field" - to both tribute New York's greatest and beloved sports hero, and to replace the original "Babe Ruth Memorial Baseball Filed"  - recently destroyed to make way for New Yankee Stadium.  Your very distinguished Art Commission predecessor, Williams Adams Delano, was a leading participant in the creation of Babe Ruth Memorial Field, created sixty years ago, as a "permanent" tribute to New York's (still) most beloved and immortal sports figure - New York's great Babe Ruth.

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In closing Commissioners, I quote another New York great, Jackie Kennedy, who did so very much for preserving this great City's cultural treasures, and whose statement forty years ago so perfectly addresses why we must save Gate 2:

 

"Is it not cruel to let New York die by degrees, stripped of all her proudest moments, until there will be nothing left of history and beauty to inspire our children?  If they are not inspired by the past of our City, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?  Americans care about their past, but, for short term gain, they ignore it and tear down everything that matters.  This is the time to take a stand and reverse the tide."

 

  

Please, Commissioners, save Gate 2, at "Old Yankee Stadium Park" - not only for Babe & Lou … but, most of all, for all our children and loved ones - and all those who follow us - so they can see and even touch "The House That Ruth Built" - the greatest Stadium in our nation's history- "Old Yankee Stadium.".

 

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SUPPORTING RECORDS & EVIDENCE
 
 
Books
 
"The Official Yankee Stadium Retrospective", Published 2008.
 
Articles
 
New Haven Register:  "There Still May be Time to Save "The House That Ruth Built", September 7, 2008.
 
New Haven Register:  "Yankee Fans Need to Move Quick to Save the Gate That Ruth Built", June 17, 2009.
 
New York Daily News: "Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe Confirms Plans to Level Yankee Stadium",  June 23, 2009.
  
New Yorker: by Paul Goldberger, "The Future of Old Yankee Stadium", August 10, 2009
 
New York Daily News: "Old Yankee Stadium's Gate 2 Focus of Debate as Part of New Heritage Park", ["The Gate Debate"] August 17, 2009. 
 
Daily News: "Last Pitch to Save Gate 2"  September 28, 2009.
 
 
Written Expert Endorsements:
 
Paul Doherty, Yankee Stadium Historian, September 28, 2009 [Attached]
 
Brad Turnow, New York Yankees Historian, September 28, 2009 [Attached]
 
Jeff Wattrick, Historic Preservationist, September 28, 2009 [Attached]
 
Peter Comstock Riley, Historic Preservationist, September 30, 2009 [Attached]
 
George Mole', Captain NYPD, Bronx Urban Affairs Commentator, October 1, 2009 [Attached]
 
Phillip J. Reina, Architect, October 1, 2009 [Attached]
 
Jeffrey Dale Bianco, Historic Architect, Past President of Connecticut AIA,
October 2, 2009 [Attached]
 
  
Expert Endorsements on Archived Radio Shows:
 
 
Baseball Digest LIVE, with Mark Healy:  "SAVE THE Gate" June 30, 2009
 
[Expert Opinions of Baseball Historians Bill Jenkinson, Linda Ruth Tosetti, Mark Healy & Tim Reid.  Historic Preservation Architect Jeff Bianco]
 
 
Baseball Digest LIVE, with Mark Healy:  "Preserving the Past" October 5, 2009
 
[Expert Opinions of Baseball Historians Bill Jenkinson, Paul Doherty, Mark Healy & Tim Reid.  Historic Preservation Architect Jeff Bianco. Historical Preservationists Jeff Wattrick & Peter Comstock Riley]

 

Visual Evidence

 

Side-by-Side Photographic Comparison of 1930's Gate, and Spring 2009 Gate:  Produced by Joe Staluppi, Graphic Designer

 

Model of Proposed Gate 2 Monument at Old Yankee Stadium Site, Yankee Stadium Modeler, Mike Hagan






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 20, 2009


Committee to Commemorate
Old Yankee Stadium
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SAVE THE Gate
Volunteer Worker Program
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Now that we've won at City Hall - getting an official ruling that Old Yankee Stadium Gate 2 should be saved, if funds can be found: 

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. 
 
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. 
 
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!!!
 
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Please Contact the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2009         

Committee to Commemorate
Old Yankee Stadium
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                   MR. AND MRS. JONES GO TO WASHINGTON 

From:  Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium

Christmas has come early to the Bronx; Gate 2 at The House That Ruth Built is alive and well, standing proudly and defiantly (must be that Edison Concrete) as the rest of the Stadium slowly crumbles around her. She still serves as a reminder of and a portal to thirty-seven American League Pennants and twenty-six World Championships.

On Monday, December 14, representatives from the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium walked the streets of the Bronx (specifically, 161st Street and River Avenue) as well as those of the Nation’s Capital, seeking funding, landmark status, and assurance that the Gate, which is original to the old Stadium (1923), will go untouched until all structural inspections, preservation cost estimates, and evaluation and analysis of those estimates have been conducted.  After extensive review of its originality, aesthetic and architectural worth, and its great historical importance, the Design Commission of the City of New York recommended that the City’s Parks Department redo its preliminary plan to include Gate 2 as a monument in the new Park.

Chris and Cindy Jones (Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium) traveled to Washington, DC last Monday, armed with press releases, letters, and photographs…ammunition as well as evidence of the Gate’s historical, architectural, cultural, and spiritual importance…and spoke with the offices of individuals and staff members of organizations whose support of the preservation effort could make a difference. 

Chris and Cindy’s visit and correspondence(s) were also about requesting federal stimulus funds for this “shovel-ready” project, as well as for historic preservation funds for this preeminent historical site (as stated above).  The Committee, to garner additional funds, has also initiated a Volunteer Worker Program and a Commemorative Brick Drive, much like the one at Citi Field’

Their trip was also a preliminary step toward application for Federal land marking and funding for the old Yankee Stadium site.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones spoke with individuals at the National Park Service (Historic Preservation Program); the office of  United States Senator, Charles Schumer (New York); Congressman, Jose E. Serrano (New York’s 16th District); and Adolfo Carrion, former Bronx Borough President and currently White House Director of Urban Affairs. Ironically, the office of Jim Bunning, former Major League pitcher, 1996 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and United States Senator from Kentucky, was down the hall from that of Senator Schumer, and information regarding Gate 2 was left for him as well.  

The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium has also contacted the Steinbrenner Family and Mayor Bloomberg and requested that they supply the needed funds (if they don’t accept/approve/apply for the proposed funding).

Contact Information for MR. AND MRS. JONES GO TO WASHINGTON

Chris and Cindy Jones, Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
13722 Long Cove Place
Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Chris: chris_jones86@comcast.net

            (804) 639-9472 (Home)
            (804) 441-2112 (Cell)

Cindy: cin_jones@comcast.net

            cindy_jones@ccpsnet.net

           (804) 639-9472 (Home)
           (804) 426-9911 (Cell)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, January 24, 2010
 
 
"Old Yankee Stadium Park"
 
 
NEW Gate 2 MONUMENT DESIGN
 
      
 
Proposed to the City of New York by the
 
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
 
&
 
HistoryOfTheYankees.com 
 
 
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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 has recently (again) 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 summarized in the attached imagery.  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 that will generate year-round tourism and associated revenues for the South Bronx and City.
 
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 $1o 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, New York will have wantonly destroyed and given away ALL of the greatest Stadium and sports site since the Roman Coliseum.  
 
For Previous Media Releases, Stories & Related Videos, Please See:
 
http://ccoys.blogspot.com/ & http://ultimateyankees.com/CCOYS.htm
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roc8Mg66poc & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyqyl1WJuJM
 
________________
 
 
For Further Information, Please contact:
 
 
Brad Turnow
historyoftheyankees.com
(516) 523-4749
(631) 874-5754
bhturnow@optonline.net
 
and/or
 
Tim Reid
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
 (754) 368-1295 
savetheGate@gmail.com
 
 
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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."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, February 3, 2010

 

"Old Yankee Stadium Park"

NEW Gate MONUMENT VIDEO

 
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

&

HistoryOfTheYankees.com 

 _____________________________________________________________________________

 

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.

  

IMPORTANT UPDATE

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.

For Previous Media Releases, Stories & Related Videos, Please See:  

http://ccoys.blogspot.com/ & http://ultimateyankees.com/CCOYS.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roc8Mg66poc & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyqyl1WJuJM

________________ 

For Further Information, Please contact: 

Brad Turnow
historyoftheyankees.com
(516) 523-4749
(631) 874-5754

bhturnow@gmail.com
 

and/or

Tim Reid
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium

 (754) 368-1295 
savetheGate@gmail.com

and/or

Chris & Cindy Jones
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
(804) 426-9911

chris_jones@comcast.net

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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."


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 22, 2010
 
 
 
"OLD YANKEE Stadium Park"
 
The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium & HistoryOfTheYankees.com succeeded today at Public Hearing before the Design Commission of New York in having the new Park at the site of Old Yankee Stadium renamed to "OLD YANKEE Stadium Park" - a much more apt and inspiring name than that formerly used by the Parks Department (the nondescript "Heritage Field")
 
THANK YOU to all who helped us achieve this significant goal.
 
Unfortunately, the Commission failed to stop the Parks Department's plan to destroy Gate 2, leaving NOTHING from original Yankee Stadium at this sacred site.   We will continue to work toward preserving the Gate, through an Appeal and Petition for Injunction, further enhancing the Park design and seeking national landmarking of this preeminently important historic site.
 
STAY TUNED! Like Yogi said:  "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"
 
 
The new video of our proposed Gate Monument is at:  
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhlmLlYEXl0 
 
 
For Further Information, Please contact:
 
 
Brad Turnow
historyoftheyankees.com
(516) 523-4749
(631) 874-5754
bhturnow@optonline.net
 
and/or
 
Tim Reid
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
 (754) 368-1295 
savetheGate@gmail.com
 
 
_______________
 
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 than the common place "Heritage Field.".  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."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 14, 2010
 
 
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 Anniversary Vigil & Tribute
at
Old Yankee Stadium

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Sunday, April 18, 2010
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Twelve Noon
at
Old Babe Ruth Plaza
Outside Old Yankee Stadium
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On April 18, 1923, the New York Yankees opened the majestic Gates of Old Yankee Stadium for the very first time.  In true Ruthian fashion, the Babe, "baptized the Stadium with a savage home run", propelling the team to not only a Opening Day victory over the rival Red Sox, but also to the franchise's first World Championship season.  The Yankees ultimately became the greatest sports franchise in history, and "The House that Ruth Built" the greatest Stadium in American history.  Indeed, so stunningly and immediately magnificent and important was the Stadium that it was immediately compared by writers around the world to the Roman Coliseum, and Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, the likes of which had not been built in over two millennia.
 
In honor of The Stadium's 87th Anniversary, its preeminent place in history, and in tribute to all the greats and great events that have graced its hallowed ground, the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium & HistoryOfTheYankees.com will be participating in an
 
Anniversary Vigil & Tribute to Old Yankee Stadium
Sunday, April 18, 2010
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Twelve Noon at old Babe Ruth Plaza
Prior to 1:05 Yankees Game
at New Yankee Stadium
 
We hope to see you there!
 
 
 Attendees are Encouraged to Bring Flowers and Other Tributes to Leave at the Stadium Site as a Final Farewell.
Commemorative Speeches & Music are Welcomed.

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For Previous Media Releases, Stories & Related Videos, Please See:
 
http://ccoys.blogspot.com/ & http://ultimateyankees.com/CCOYS.htm
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAN7LfBtckw & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZn1qCwMqLQ
 
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For Further Information, Please contact:
 
 
Brad Turnow
historyoftheyankees.com
(516) 523-4749
(631) 874-5754
bhturnow@optonline.net
 
and/or
 
Tim Reid
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
 (754) 368-1295 
savetheGate@gmail.com
 
 
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The Committee to Commemorate to Old Yankee Stadium has the following four (4) urgent missions:
 
1) To Assure the new Park site at "OLD YANKEE Stadium Park" is "world-class", as the City has promised it will be, properly commemorating the history of Old Yankee Stadium.  This urgently includes, among other commemorations, preservation of Old Yankee Stadium Gate 2 as a permanent commemorative feature at Old Yankee Stadium Park.  To achieve this, we have worked extensively with the City of New York, and proposed 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 than "Heritage Field".  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.
 
4)  Application 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."
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Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium - Save Gate 2!

website - http://ultimateyankees.com/CCOYS.htm
blog - http://ccoys.blogspot.com/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 9, 2010

 

Old Yankee Stadium Balconies

Saved for the People of New York!!!

 

 

 

After extensive communication and lobbying with Mayor Bloomberg, the Parks Department, and the Design Commission, the City of New York has accepted the plan of the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium & HistoryOfTheYankees.com to preserve the original balconies from Old Yankee Stadium Gate 2, pictured above, for the People of New York!!! 

These treasures, previously slated for complete destruction, will now be permanently displayed at either Old Yankee Stadium Park (formerly known as "Heritage Field"), or at an appropriate museum, as attested to in the attached letter by the Parks Department to the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium.  Accordingly, the City's previous plan to totally destroy the balconies has been scrapped instead.

We thank the City for this decision and pledge continuance of our full devotion to further commemorating Old Yankee Stadium, working around-the-clock toward a majestic Park design and national landmarking of the greatest site in the history of American sports!!! 

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See you at the Vigil, on Sunday, April 18th, at Old Babe Ruth Plaza!!!

(Noon to 1, before the Game across 161st street, at NYS)

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For Previous Media Releases, Stories & Related Videos, Please See:

 http://ccoys.blogspot.com/ & http://ultimateyankees.com/CCOYS.htm

 For Commemorative Video Depictions of Balconies and History of Old Yankee Stadium, see:

 www.YouTube.com/watch?v=mAN7LfBtckw (Save the Gate That Ruth Built on YouTube)

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For Further Information, Please contact: 

Brad Turnow

historyoftheyankees.com
(516) 523-4749
(631) 874-5754

bhturnow@optonline.net

 and/or

Tim Reid
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium

 (754) 368-1295 
savetheGate@gmail.com


EMERGENCY PETITION FOR Public REVIEW AND HEARING REGARDING PRESERVATION OF OLD YANKEE Stadium BALCONIES

                       

TO THE
HONORABLE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
 
April 23, 2010
 
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COMMITTEE TO COMMEMORATE OLD YANKEE Stadium, Petitioners
 
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EMERGENCY PETITION FOR
Public REVIEW & HEARING
REGARDING PRESERVATION OF
OLD YANKEE Stadium BALCONIES
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     On February 22, 2010, the Parks & Recreation Department of New York City ("Parks & Recreation") proposed at Public Hearing before a partial assembly of the Public Design Commission of New York ("Design Commission") the complete destruction of original Old Yankee Stadium (1923-1973), including historic Left Field Gate 2, leaving NOTHING from the original Stadium for the People of New York.
 
      Despite numerous, long-standing, and exhaustively evidenced filings to the City of New York - including to Parks & Recreation, as well as to the Design Commission - proving beyond any doubt the Gate's preeminent historical importance, the Parks proposal to destroy it was approved.  Moreover, dramatic, and dramatically-flawed, design changes to the design of  "Old Yankee Stadium Park" (formerly referred to as "Heritage Field") were also approved, though they had never been revealed to the Public for review and comment.  These design change proposals were deliberately held from the Public, until hearing when they were very briefly, unexpectedly, and incompletely, revealed.
 
The City thoroughly disregarded overwhelming evidence proving the importance and originality of Gate 2 and other parts of the Stadium, some of it attached hereto.  As a consequence, the Parks Department attempted to destroy all of the Stadium.
 
Fortunately, representatives of our Committee received inside intelligence and evidence that parts of the Stadium - potentially worth millions of dollars - were in actuality being preserved and stolen, for unlawful personal acquisition and sale - by people and parties officially connected with the demolition, some with likely organized crime connections.  Learning and documenting this, the Committee contacted the City, requesting immediate NYPD and FBI intervention and investigation.  The FBI was requested because of first hand, photographic, and video, evidence showing the involvement of parties from New Jersey, including some connected to Turner Corporation, and others, who are known to be taking valuable historic material from the Stadium.
 
Thanks to our Committee's surveillance, investigation, and intervention, three (3) historic balconies have been saved from the destruction and dumping they were officially scheduled for.  Other historic items from the Stadium - also being stolen (officially dumped) - were also saved.  This account of facts has been partially reported, by Larry McShane, in the Daily News, as well as around in many other media venues, around the city, state, nation, and world. 
 
Please see: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/04/10/2010-04-10_3_yankees_balconies_saved_for_Park.html
 
The saving of these historic balconies has rightfully received TREMENDOUS Public support and acclamation.
 
Now that these balconies have been saved, they should be included in Old Yankee Stadium Park, as they easily can be.  However, in a shocking decision announced JUST THIS AFTERNOON, the Parks Department - without any explanation or evidence whatsoever - that they will NOT be including these balconies in the Park!!! Moreover, they are planning to seek approval of excluding all these balconies - and other original Stadium items saved through Committee identification and effort - THIS MONDAY MORNING, WITHOUT A Public HEARING!!!!!!!!
 
Because all previous evaluations, meetings and hearings held by City officials were based TOTALLY on the COMPLETELY FALSE CITY PROPOSALS & ARGUMENT that NOTHING from the original Stadium could be saved,  there MUST - under the letter & spirit of City law, rules & procedure - be a Public hearing to determine what can and should now be kept in Old Yankee Stadium Park. 
 
 
 
Pivotal parts of the Parks Department proposals were and still are fatally flawed, in that they were and still are based on the false
 
     We, the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium - consisting of and representing Yankee Stadium experts, fans, and citizens throughout the City, State, Nation, and World - hereby petition for the immediate intervention of Mayor Michael Bloomberg to TEMPORARILY STAY the destruction of Yankee Gate 2, and the implementation of the Parks Department's proposed plan for Old Yankee Stadium Park, until such time that all of the following twenty-nine (29) facts, arguments and supporting evidence, are thoroughly and properly admitted, evaluated and adjudicated by the City of New York.  [The Design Commission failed and refused to consider all these facts, ruling that their review was and is limited to "aesthetics only" - disregarding therefore the vast majority of facts, evidence, and reasons, compelling preservation of the Gate]:
 
(1) Original Yankee Stadium is the most historically significant Stadium in American history. Indeed, it was widely and expertly regarded the most culturally and architecturally important Stadium in the history of the New World and the Western Hemisphere.  Not since the Roman Coliseum - on which it was architecturally modeled - has there been a more important or popular Stadium. [The Stadium's history is documented by thousands of articles, books, documentaries, films, and video accounts.  For a very quick and readily accessible visual overviews, see the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium's videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZn1qCwMqLQ & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAN7LfBtckw]
 
(2) Old Yankee Stadium is a New York, national, and international icon.  In fact, Mayor Bloomberg prominently attested to the fact that, based on his extensive travels and experience,  it is one of New York's top three icons around the world, rivaled only by the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. [See, e.g., Yankee Stadium: The Official Retrospective, 2008]
 
(3) Old Yankee Stadium was the most important sports venue in American history. It is frequently referred to as a "shrine" and "cathedral" because of its sublime significance in the history of Baseball, most particularly during Baseball's "Golden Age" (1923-1964) - when the New York Yankees were the greatest sports dynasty in world history.
 
(4) When the City of New York announced the granting of land and funding for building of a new Stadium for the Yankee franchise, they promised the People of New York that they would NOT destroy all of Old Yankee Stadium.  In fact, they promised to save a vast majority of the original outer "shell" and lower seating area.  The Mayor, Parks Department, Economic Development Council - as well as George Steinbrenner and Yankee management - all Publicly backed this plan and promise.  Attached are two images of the City's original plan 
 
(5) Reneging on their promise, the City of New York abandoned the plan to preserve ANY part of the shell or interior of the original Stadium, instead deciding to allow it to be "deconstructed" and sold off (by the Yankees and Steiner Corporation) to private bidders, leaving NOTHING from the Original  Stadium on the historic site, nor anything from it for the People of New York.
 
(6) Simultaneously, the City showered the Yankee franchise with nearly 2 Billion dollars, claiming it had no money whatsoever to save any part of the original Stadium. [See, e.g., http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/oconnor/2006-08-16-oconnor-yankee-Stadium_x.htm]
 
(7)  When challenged on this stunning reversal by the City, they claimed - largely through Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe - expressly and quite erroneously claimed that nothing from the Original Stadium survived the 1970's renovation - only "some steel ... and some of the bricks (sic)." 
 
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2008/06/23/2008-06-23_Parks_commissioner_adrian_benepe_confirm.html
 
 (8) Commissioner Benepe was immediately and emphatically criticized for his erroneous conclusions leading to his decision to destroy all of the Original Stadium.  [See, e.g.,
http://www.nysun.com/opinion/save-yankee-Stadium-babes-granddaughter-says-yes/84425/]
 
(9) In order to help preserve part of the Original Stadium, expert, fans, and citizens from around the city, state, and nation, provided overwhelming evidence to Commissioner Benepe that his understanding and decision to destroy all of the Original Stadium was fatally flawed by a mis/dis evaluation of the Stadium's architectural history.  He has received hundreds of communications attesting to this fact, but has disregarded them all, obdurately insisting that nothing was original, and nothing original would be saved.
 
(10) Many of the expert communications and evidential submissions Mr. Benepe has received - from architects, historians, Public advocacy groups included - attested to the overwhelming originality of Gate 2, and its perfect location for preservation within the proposed new Park, now known as "Old Yankee Stadium Park."  The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium has been one of those groups.  See, e.g.,
 
http://www.ultimateyankees.com/CCOYSGate2.htm
 
(11) To support this incorrect argument and position, against the overwhelming weight of expert findings and evidence, the Commissioner then falsely claimed that the City's Landmark Preservation Commission (the "LPC") had already investigated and ruled that Gate 2 was not original or worthy of preservation.  Despite repeated requests for the records on which Mr. Benepe based his decision to tear down the Gate, the Parks Department has not (and can not) produce any such LPC findings or rulings.  Multiple members of our Committee HAVE reviewed the entire LPC case file, and there are NO records whatsoever regarding Gate 2.
 
 (12)  Thus, the basis of the Parks Department's decision to tear down Gate 2 is thoroughly erroneous, as proved over and over.  In truth, Gate 2 is dramatically original, up to 95% so, including its recently revealed foundation and interior, with only a small portion of its upper face renovated in the 1970's (IN COMPLETE ARCHITECTURAL COMPORT WITH THE ORIGINAL 1920's DESIGN & APPEARANCE.)
 
(13) Gate 2 is so original in design and appearance, in fact, that it is the only existing model for the Official Logo of Old Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees' commemorative sleeve emblem,  attached hereto.
 
(14)  Official Bronx County Historian has also repeatedly advised Mr. Benepe and the Parks Department (along with numerous top Yankee Stadium historians and historical architects) that the Gate is original and should be reserved.  He, too - along with numerous other top Yankee Stadium historians and historic architects - was completely disregarded.  See, e.g.,
 
 http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2009/08/17/2009-08-17_the_Gate_debate_boosters_push_to_save_and_restore_historic_entrance_at_old_stadi.html
 
(15) In addition to calling for the preservation of the Gate, Professor Ultan was also critical of Parks' "historically-disconnected" proposal for the new Park, sagely observing "What's missing from the Park plan is the architecture of the Stadium itself."  Prominent architectural critic and National Trust for Historic Preservation Board Member, Paul Goldberger, American Institute of Architect New York President Rick Bell, former LPC Chairperson Sherida Bell, and other experts, panned the plan as well.  See,
 
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2009/08/17/2009-08-17_the_Gate_debate_boosters_push_to_save_and_restore_historic_entrance_at_old_stadi.html
 
(16) Past President of the Connecticut AIA, a former Bronx resident and expert on Yankee Stadium, Jeffrey Bianco, also criticized the plan, and called for preservation of the Gate, as have Baseball, Yankee and Yankee Stadium historians and authors, Paul Doherty, Bill Jenkinson, Mike Wagner, Mark Healey, and Harry Swanson, among many others.  Listen, e.g., to:
 
 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseball-digest-live/2009/10/05/preserving-the-past
 
See, also, the endorsements of Paul Doherty, Michael Wagner, and Brad Turnow, HistoryOfTheYankees.com - all on file with the Design Commission.
 
 (17) The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium successfully presented our case to the Design Commission for preserving Gate 2 on October 26, leading the Commission also to recognize and reject the profound flaws in the Parks Department's preliminary plan.  Our written submission, with extensive evidential references, is below, followed by a news account of the Commission's rejection.
 
 http://ccoys.blogspot.com/2009/11/Public-design-commission-hearing-102609.html
  
 http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2009/11/03/2009-11-03_city_keeps_Stadium_Gate_open_yanks_fans_plan_for_a_memorial_still_in_the_game.html
 
 (18) At this Hearing the Parks Department claimed saving the Gate would cost $10 Million dollars, because - still wrongly claiming - it was "not original."  After we revealed a Legacy Bricks plan that could raise such funds - not withstanding emphatic and well-evidenced proof that such an estimate was extravagantly high ("by an order of magnitude or two") - the Department than increased its estimate to over $15 Million, again without any evidence or explanation whatsoever.
 
Notably, the estimate does not include any savings that would result from not having to demolish and remove the Gate from the site where it presently stands.
  
(19) Subsequently, after extensive Freedom of Information (FOIL) requests (on file with Parks Department), our Committee learned that Parks was basing this amount on an unsigned, unattributed, "summary cost estimate." When we pressed for further records to explain what every expert (architects, certified construction cost estimator, government contract experts, construction foremen, iron workers, et al) unanimously found an outrageous, totally unfounded, and even "laughable" estimate, we were told by Parks lawyers that there were none - no date, no drawings, no data - not even the name, title, experience, or credentials of who performed the alleged estimate, nothing.  None were provided to the Design Commission, either.
 
(20) To help resolve the order of magnitude(s) difference between the Parks Departments cost estimate and those from all of our experts, we repeatedly requested (more than a dozen times) to perform a free-of-charge architectural, structural, and cost, evaluation, of the Gate, by top experts, all experienced and bonded for construction site work. [See Parks Department and City records]  Each and every time our requests were either totally ignored, or totally rejected, falsely claiming security and safety prohibitions - while unbonded construction worker girlfriends, baseball players, celebrities, film crews, reporters, etc., visited every part of the construction site.
 
In contrast, our experts, all bonded and extensively experienced for work on construction sites were all denied access - to the most safe and secure area of the Stadium site, indeed one that could even be visited from its outside sidewalk entrance.
 
(21)  As one example of this outrageous obstruction, please see the attached correspondence and speech of architect and Yankee Stadium historian, Philip J. Reina, who our Committee presented to the Parks Department as a free-of-charge independent Gate evaluator.
 
The Parks Department denied Mr. Reina access for an independent review, and even just the drawings used to conduct the City's so-called cost estimate, because, according to them,  IT WOULD POSE A TERRORIST THREAT to the City of New York, if were to do so! [Official reason given directly to Mr. Reina by high ranking Parks Official Frank McCue, on Feb 18, 2010, for withholding Stadium drawings.] (Notwithstanding that the Stadium is utterly empty and slated for complete destruction within a month's time - by the City itself - not terrorists.)
 
This is how absurdly far the Parks Department has gone to deny an independent cost evaluation for preserving Gate 2.
 
(22) To further address the alleged cost concern, our Committee, along with HistoryOfTheYankees.com, voluntarily consulted with leading "legacy brick" authorities, most notably the company which did the extremely financially and aesthetically successful and well-received commemorative brick plazas and walkways at Citifield, and many other major sports venues around the country. See, e.g.: http://ccoys.blogspot.com/2009/11/save-Gate-commemorative-brick-drive.html.   This program could raise over $10 Million dollars, simultaneously enhancing the Park's appeal and tourism, and consequently much-needed, year-round revenue for the Yankee Stadium neighborhood.  We offered our full and free-of-charge help to make this "SAVE THE Gate COMMEMORATIVE BRICK DRIVE" a major success.  Additionally, we put the company who did "Fanwalk" for the Mets directly in touch with the Parks Department.
 
(23)  Despite this aesthetically beautiful, widely-praised and very lucrative, funding opportunity, Parks rejected it because - contrary to all well-established practices and experience at many hundreds of similar sites around the world - "the bricks will wear down" and people will inscribe the bricks with " 'I Hate the Yankees' and things like that." [Parks Deputy Chief of Staff Rebecca Smith, speaking officially for Commissioner Benepe,, at Parks Headquarters, on behalf of the Department on February 1, at a meeting with our Committee.]
 
(24) Another of our Committee's other cost-saving proposal - the SAVE THE Gate VOLUNTEER WORKER PROGRAM - was unceremoniously shot down by Parks, at that same meeting [February 1, 2010, at the Arsenal, in Central Park]  Parks officials informed us that "the unions will never allow us to use volunteer workers."  This unattributed charge against the union was not evidenced.  In fact, FOIL requests of Parks for any evidence for such a claim reveal that it can not be backed up.  It's erroneous and derogatory speculation.  Moreover, "the unions" will not "lose" or "gain" any work if the City tears down the Gate.  Indeed, many relevant union workers - as well as professionals - are active supporters of all our efforts, including the Volunteer Worker Program, which would eliminate virtually all labor costs associated with Gate Preservation.
 
http://historyoftheyankees.blogspot.com/2009/11/save-Gate-volunteer-worker-program.html
 
 Further, this "reason" for rejecting such a beneficial program flies right in the face of City volunteer philosophies and programs:
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/18/nyregion/18volunteers.html
 
http://www.partnershipsforParks.org/
 
There would be no shortage of volunteers for saving the Gate.
 
(25) Revealing further error and bullheadedness behind the Department's decision to destroy the Gate (no matter what facts, evidence and reasoning compel its preservation), they also argued that our proposed design "would be an eyesore."  This against all independent expert and objective evidence, including universal popular acclaim for the magnificent aesthetics of our proposed Gate monument.  See, e.g., the images of the proposal linked below, as well as our 3-D video of it - WHICH WE WERE NOT PERMITTED TO SHOW AT THE DESIGN COMMISSION' Public HEARING - thereby depriving the Commission of a major piece of aesthetic evidence.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhlmLlYEXl0
 
http://ultimateyankees.com/CCOYSModelRenderings.htm
 
(26)  Parks also argues that preserving the Gate would take too long.  This argument, at best, stems from a severely poor and inaccurate estimate of the Gate's well-documented originality - as well as from the above-cited half-page cost-estimate which wrongly implies the need for far more extensive work than truly necessary, as also does their erroneous argument that huge trusses and pilings are required to preserve the Gate - another claim emphatically rejected by independent construction experts.  Furthermore, it completely disregard the fact that the new Park will not be opening for almost two years, and all independent experts estimate only a couple of months work, at very most, to save the Gate. 
 
(27) Likewise, the argument that the Gate will take up too much space is completely wrong.  It will take up only less than 1% of the new Park's square footage, in a location where it will not interfere whatsoever with Park activities or design.
 
(28)  At Parks Headquarters, Parks officials said their decision was also based on their beliefs that the Gate would "cast big shadows" and "suck up air."  No evidence was presented or can be presented for such wild conclusions.  First of all the fact that New Yankee Stadium is east of the Gate obviates any concerns of morning "shadows", and its location on the extreme east side of the new Park eliminates afternoon shadows.  In between obviously creates no deleterious shadows, either.
 
As for "sucking up air", that's unsubstantiated nonsense also.
 
These headstrong arguments also ignore the fact that the original City plan include 360 degrees of buildings around the Park.  See attached image of plan with outer shell and extensive seating.
 
(29)  Finally, after Publicly making it so well known how closely they've worked the Yankees on all matters pertaining to the new Park, the Parks Department have repeatedly indicated that they were motivated to destroy all of Original Yankee Stadium because "the Yankees don't want to save any part of it, so why should we." [Deputy Director Rebecca Smith, February 1, 2010, at The Arsenal meeting to members of the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium and HistoryOfTheYankees.com]
 
Equally outrageous and destructive was the very Public pronouncement shocking by Bronx Parks Commissioner Hector Aponte, at the Community Board 4 Meeting on February 18, that "the Yankees want you to go across the street to the new Stadium, they don't want to save anything from the Old Stadium ... The Gate will be gone."  He also dramatically (mis/dis)informed the audience of mostly local Bronx residents that Gate 2 was ruled non-original [by the LPC.] with complete certitude that Gate 2 was not original and the (LPC) - thereby fomenting ill-informed local opposition to saving it.
 
The Design Commission also expressed their belief that the Yankees were against saving any part of the Old Stadium. [For example, at the Public Hearing of October 26, 2010.]
 
These beliefs, motivations, and pronouncements have made it impossible to get a fair hearing to save a treasure that rightfully belongs to the People of New York, not the Yankees, who already have been generously given a new Stadium, and rights to sell treasures of the Old Stadium, at very great expense to the People of New York.  If the Steinbrenner-owned Yankees truly don't want to save any part of the Original (pre-Steinbrenner) Stadium, as it appears from their lack of visible support, Public reports by the Parks Department, that should have had absolutely no bearing or influence on the City's decision. 
 
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Please also see the Written Submission and Speech of the Committee to Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium, to the Design Commission, dated and submitted, respectively, on February 18 and 22, 2010.
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     On the basis of these twenty-nine (29) facts, reasons, and supporting evidence  - separately and collectively - the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium requests an immediate
 
A FULL Public REVIEW AND HEARING, INCLUDING
A FULL REVIEW BY Public DESIGN COMMISSION OF NEW YORK
TO PRESERVE THE THREE (3) HISTORIC BALCONIES FROM
 OLD YANKEE Stadium
 
 
 
AS WELL AS MAYORAL PROTECTION AGAINST THE SALE OR DESTRUCTION OF THESE BALCONIES AND OTHER PRESERVED ITEMS (INCLUDING THE "OLD PLAYERS' ENTRANCE", AND ARCHED VENTS) FROM any sale, theft, distribution, deconstruction,  demolition, or structural compromise, until all of the above is fully and properly heard, investigated, and adjudicated, in the setting of a Public HEARING! 
 
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.
 
Respectfully submitted to the Honorable Mayor Michael Bloomberg, via Mayoral Attorney William Heinzen, the Public Design Commission, and the Parks Department, with the request that the Mayor's Office and Mayor be forwarded this EMERGENCY PETITION immediately upon its receipt:
 
 
Tim Reid, on behalf of
The Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium

       


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
 
 
 
PARKS DEPARTMENT
RENEGES ON PROMISE
TO SAVE HISTORIC
YANKEE STADIUM BALCONIES!!!
 
  
Mayor & Public Advocate 
Receive Emergency Petition
to Intervene
 
 
In an absolutely stunning and unexpected move, the Parks Department of New York has reneged on repeated promises and explicit assurances that they would save three (3) historic balconies from Old Yankee Stadium for the People of New York, as confirmed to the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium and HistoryOfTheYankees.com, and reported in the Daily News, less than three weeks ago:
 
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/04/10/2010-04-10_3_yankees_balconies_saved_for_Park.html
 
Yesterday, the Parks Department, shockingly declared - at a hearing yesterday before New York's Public Design Commission - that they now have NO plans whatsoever to save or incorporate the historic balconies at Old Yankee Stadium Park - the new Park to be built built on the site of Old Yankee Stadium. (This "FINAL" hearing was not scheduled, Publicly noticed, or conducted, in compliance with City law, rule, and policy - thus further violating the Public's right of review.) 
 
To prevent and reverse this horrendous decision - which was not afforded the Public review required by law - the Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium petitioned yesterday for the emergency intervention and legal action of both Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and by City of New York Public Advocate, Bill de Basio, as detailed at the link immediately below:
 
Emergency Petition for Public Review and Hearing Regarding Preservation of Old Yankee Stadium Balconies - Click Here!
 
 
More evidence and information is available from the parties identified below.
 
 
For Previous Media Releases, Stories & Related Videos, Please See:
 
http://ccoys.blogspot.com/ & http://ultimateyankees.com/CCOYS.htm
 
For Commemorative Video Including Depictions of the Balconies and History of Old Yankee Stadium, see:
 
 www.YouTube.com/watch?v=mAN7LfBtckw (Save the Gate That Ruth Built on YouTube)
  
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For Further Information, Please contact:
 
Tim Reid
Committee to Commemorate Old Yankee Stadium
 (754) 368-1295 
savetheGate@gmail.com
 
            and/or
 
   Brad Turnow
   historyoftheyankees.com
   (516) 523-4749
   bhturnow@optonline.net

 

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