Preying on Chinese immigrants? No casino, no development? Politicial Donations? Let’s check in on the Citi Field Parkland

There’s a new article making the rounds about Willets Point, but I am not going to link to it (I will link to a different one below)  I read the first one, and I feel like the person who wrote it just accepted Steve Cohen’s Talking Points – including just accepting the Orwellian-Speak of “Visioning Meeting” or whatever they are calling these things.  In my opinion, this is a dog and pony show that winds up with a casino on parkland, and politicians getting generous donations to their re-election campaigns.

So instead of linking to the article, let’s see what some are saying on twitter.

Then there is an article to which I WILL link, from

..part of Cohen’s gamble appears to be a bet on the market of Chinese immigrants next door in Flushing, said a hedge fund analyst who covered gaming and casinos and declined to be named by THE CITY due to their company’s policy.

But wait there’s more!

To get the go-ahead to build a structure, New Green Willets needs the legislature to redesignate the parking lot, which has officially been public parkland since 1939.

That hurdle has stopped past development schemes, including a plan by former Mets owner Fred Wilpon to convert the lot into a shopping mall, which the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, blocked in 2017.

As Cohen angles to build on the lot, his family and associates have stepped up with donations to the campaigns of key local politicians.

His wife, Alexandra Cohen, donated $117,300 to the state Democratic Committee last year. And Michael Sullivan — the chief of staff at Steve Cohen’s equity management firm, Point72, and an in-house lobbyist of New Green Willets — gave nearly $35,000 in total to several state lawmakers who represent the direct or adjacent areas. That includes $9,400, $5,000, and $2,500 to Assemblymembers Aubry, Catalina Cruz and Jenifer Rajkumar, respectively, as well as $5,000 each to Queens State Sens. Ramos and Mike Gianaris, the deputy majority leader.

Or this…

Zeng told THE CITY in Mandarin. “At the same time, it conflicts with public safety concerns. The reason people oppose a casino is because it could attract crime and bring out high-interest underground loaners who target people with gambling losses and debts.”

Or this..

Aubry told THE CITY that “as far as I’ve heard … they would not necessarily be wanting to go forward without a casino. The casino would provide the economic engine for the rest of the work that they propose.”

So don’t read the story to which I didn’t link, read the one on The City from which I have excerpted.

Anyway, all this is much ado about nothing because… IT IS PARKLAND.

Mets still don’t get it and keep marketing Lindor in their new overhyped TV ad

This is Francisco Lindor, basically telling Mets fans they can hose off.

The Mets have some marketable people.  There is that Polar Bear guy, and Max Scherzer, and Verlander and McNeil….and they keep picking the worst choice possible. Here is the Mets’ new overhyped ad…


Folks were all excited about the ad running durig football….it’s basically a This Is Sportscenter knockoff…and it’s just trying to sell you tickets. Maybe even with that lame annual “it’s now baseball season” thing that losers do five seconds after the Super Bowl.

Anyway….another poor choice by the Mets, but what else is new?

Doc Brown travels back in time to November 1987 to tell Marty McFly what happened to the Mets

So, uh, Doc….you say you visited 2023.  How many more World Series have the Mets won? Probably a lot!

None Marty.  None at all.

None at all?  But what about Gooden?  He must have easily won 300 games, right?  How did they not win with him on the mound all those years?  Did he get hurt or something?

Drugs, Marty.  Drugs.   He played 16 seasons but he didn’t even win TWO hundred games.

That’s crazy, Doc.  What about Darryl Strawberry?  He must have hit like 500 home runs!

Strawberry left for Los Angeles as soon as he could.   He only hit 335 home runs, but he did win two World Series with the Yankees!

The Yankees??? That’s terrible.

Gooden was a Yankee too!  He threw a no-hitter for them!

Come on Doc.  A no-hitter? You’re killing me.  Did ANYONE ever throw a no-hitter for the Mets?

Yes!!! A man named Santana.  He was VERY good.  But they let him throw too many pitches and it ruined his career.  But we did get cool t-shirts!

Was he a home grown player?

No.  We haven’t had too many of these.  There was one guy, but he left for Miami as soon as he could…and the other one, he was really good for a while, the team Captain, but…well… he had spinal stenosis and things didn’t work out.

You’re telling me that it’s been 35 years and they didn’t win anything and they barely have any home grown stars?

There was a pitcher!  Long flowing hair!  Two Cy Youngs!  But he went to Texas as soon as he could leave.  And they did win two pennants between now and 2023!

Well that’s good.  At least they made the World Series. Who did they lose to?

The Yankees.  

The Yankees?

The Yankees.  And it happened at Shea.  Then there was a second pennant but they lost that one to the Royals…. people stopped talking about that one after a few years.  There was a kid on that Mets team they called The Next Seaver

The Next Seaver? He must have been really good!

Actually he finished his career 50 and 66 with a 4.42 ERA

What happened to the actual Seaver?  Did he ever get his statue?

He died during the pandemic…


Oh yeah Marty, there was a world wide pandemic and everything shut down, you couldn’t even leave your house.  Unfortunately, Tom passed away before the Wilpons put up the statue.

Doc, did ANYTHING good happen before 2023.

No, Marty, not really.