A note from the Save Yankee Stadium Gate 2 folks

I was in favor of the efforts to save Yankee Stadium Gate 2.  This morning I found this email in my inbox:

Dear Gate 2 Supporters,

Here’s a note similar to what we’ve posted on our website:

Gate 2 at old Yankee Stadium was demolished on March 31, 2010.  On an overcast and cold day at 12:11 PM, four cables pulled down this historic landmark.  It crashed to the ground with a loud thud and small cloud of dust.

The politicians and officials of the City of New York have repeated the mistakes of the past.  Yankee Stadium joins the ranks of other great New York landmarks totally destroyed.  Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Penn Station, and now the “The House that Ruth Built”. Gone without a trace.  Another icon of American history has been lost to future generations.  But unlike the past, this time they acted with full knowledge of the history that would be lost.  This time they “knew better,” were offered a viable alternative, but still proceeded with complete demolition anyway.  This time there is no excuse.

A bit of good news that we became aware of last Friday is that the City/Parks Dept. has decided to salvage two of the decorative balconies from Gate 2 that were largely intact after the Gate was toppled.  They have not yet determined if these balconies will be placed in the new Heritage Field (the park that will be built on the site of old Yankee Stadium) or elsewhere.

But those of us at the Save the Yankee Gate 2 Committee express our deepest gratitude to you for having supported us in this cause. All of your efforts encouraged us greatly during this past year.  They are very much appreciated.

6 Replies to “A note from the Save Yankee Stadium Gate 2 folks”

  1. People have nothing better to do in life, huh? It’s been 8 1/2 years since the 9/11 attacks and we still have little to less don’t at ground zero. Cops and firemen are getting sick by the day from it and can’t get health care cost reductions, and this guy is writing letters to polititions over a gate to a stadium that isn’t there anymore? There’s really something wrong with that. Instead of worrying about a wall of a stadium this guy should write letters to get some cops a new precincts or firemen some new trucks. There really are some clowns in the world

  2. Yeah, thats right, Tom. Lets raise money for a government that can’t even get it together to rebuild the towers. The old Yankee staduim is a part of NYC, and always will be. It is a worthwhile effort to preserve Gate 2. government employees don’t need any more of our money.

  3. Why? So it can turn into the old worlds fair grounds? Just deteriorate? The city doesn’t maintain anything. In 10 years that gate will look no better than any other park in this city. Let me guess. You are in your 30’s. Maybe 40’s. So you know the stadium from the 70’s on? It’s not even the origio al stadium. It’s the groindthat it’s on. It’ll be marked. Money can be used a lot wiser than preserving some limestone and steel. And those towers represented more than a city, it represented the country. Everyone who died there represent this country. The people who protect us and die for us represent this country. Not some building where grown men are overpaid to play a kids game. Smarten up guy.

  4. Last time I checked big Stein said “The Bat” is staying right where it is. Isn’t that enough?

  5. Gate 2 is the original stadium, that’s the point! Tom, read up before you launch and argument.

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