New Yankee Stadium Opens Its Vast, Expensive Gates (Village Voice news blog)

I visited the Yankees’ new stadium today, and survived. Read all about it:

As part of their “please don’t notice that you no longer have public parks” campaign, the Yankees opened the gates of their new stadium to Bronx residents today, distributing 15,000 ticket via community boards to watch the team take batting practice, and get a sneak preview of the borough’s first $2 billion attraction.

Of course, this being the age of StubHub and Craigslist, and community boards being what they are, the actual crowd that turned out today was only partly Boogie Down in flavor: a mix of local grade-school classes and decked-out Yankee fans who looked like they wouldn’t walk down Fordham Road on a dare. Also on hand: Joyce Hogi, the longtime Grand Concourse resident who as one of the founders of Save Our Parks was one of the primary opponents of the Yanks’ new digs… [read more]