Yanks Get OK To Zap Park


A state judge on Tuesday refused to stop the Yankees from going ahead with their plan to build a new stadium in Macombs Dam Park, clearing the way for tomorrow’s groundbreaking—and a protest by local residents who’ve fought to stop the taking of their green space.

The Bloomberg administration hailed the decision by State Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn, with Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo disparaging the last ditch effort of “Save Our Parks” as “designed to prevent the City and the New York Yankees from moving forward with a well-considered plan to build a new Yankee Stadium.”

The city says the project will “replace 22.42 acres of unencumbered parkland with 24.56 acres of replacement parkland, consisting of the existing Yankee Stadium site, adjacent land now used for parking, and waterfront property along the Harlem River.” But opponents say the trade leaves the community on the losing side. That’s why at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Save Our Parks will gather at the corner of 161st and River Avenue to sound a discordant note to the ceremonial start of the stadium project.