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Save Yankee Stadium Gate 2

Got this from the folks who would like to save old Yankee Stadium Gate 2.  I support the idea.

To Friends of Gate 2 and All Yankee Fans in the World,

Over the past year, the Save the Yankee Gate 2 Committee has been working to convince public officials in New York City to preserve a small portion of the original Yankee Stadium structure, specifically the architecturally distinctive and historical Gate 2 at the leftfield corner of the old stadium along 161st Street .

Gate 2 is perfectly located opposite New Yankee Stadium. It’s symbolization as a “bridge from the old to the new Yankee eras” would be unmatched, and from a practical standpoint, it will serve as a wonderful gateway into the new Heritage Field to be built on the site of the old stadium.

Fortunately, Gate 2 still stands and it is not too late to continue the fight for its preservation. In a late October presentation to the NYC Public Design Commission, the NYC Parks Department’s latest proposal for Heritage Field wasrejected until they could come back with a design change that conveys the majesty of the structure that once stood on the site of old Yankee Stadium!  You can read more about this Design Commission hearing by clicking on this link from our website.  While the Parks Department is very aware of the proposal to preserve Gate 2, and the Design Commission even referred to it during the hearing, they are still stubbornly refusing to even consider it.
What will it take to get them to change their course?  They need to hear from you!!
Attached is a form letter to Adrian Benepe, commissioner of the NYC Parks & Recreation Department, urging him to incorporate Gate 2 into the Heritage Field plan.  The letter will go over several key points of importance and the best part is, all the work done for you.  All you have to do is add your contact info, print it and send it in.
We also need you to send a copy to the people in the letter’s cc: list – soCommissioner Benepe cannot simply ignore your letter.  You can also use the following links to send your letters electronically.  Just cut and paste the body of the letter and fill in your contact information.
Bronx Boro President Diaz and Wihelm Ronda, Director of Planning:webmail@bronxbp.nyc.gov

With your help, we can make this happen but the Parks Department needs to hear from you before the next Design Commission hearing!  This may be as soon as February 22nd.
Thank you for your support,
The Save the Yankee Gate 2 Committee
January 27, 2010
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

The Arsenal

Central Park

830 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10065

Re: Heritage Field/Old Yankee Stadium

Dear Commissioner Benepe,

I am writing to you to strongly express my full support of the preservation Gate 2 of old Yankee Stadium.

The current Parks Department plan to completely demolish the entire Stadium structure and completely eradicate the historic playing field is completely unacceptable. Yankee Stadium’s stature in American history, and its place among famous buildings, demands that some portion of the structure itself be preserved so that future generations can get an appreciation of the massive and magnificent structure that once graced this site.

It is not enough to simply honor the history that occurred at this location, with various historical markers, plaques and kiosks randomly scattered throughout the park. The essence of this most famous ballpark must be represented as well. Erecting a couple of sections of the replica Frieze in a corner of the park and retaining the 1970’s smokestack/bat do absolutely nothing to convey the sheer size and majesty of what was The House that Ruth Built.

Gate 2 would perfectly convey the majesty of old Yankee Stadium. Its footprint would take up only a sliver of parkland, its location would not impede on any facilities, and its position opposite the new stadium is dramatic and symbolic. The cost of the preservation is only a small fraction of the total budget for the park.  Moreover, a proposed commemorative brick sale would cover most or all of the preservation cost.

The bottom line is that something meaningful and substantial needs to be preserved to convey the grand edifice that once stood on the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue, but your department’s plan does not do that at all. Preserving Gate 2, on the other hand, does this and does it extremely well.

I therefore strongly urge you to incorporate old Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2 into the Heritage Field park plan.

Sincerely,

(your name here)

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