In advocating a soccer stadium at the former site of Yankee Stadium, the May 23 Queens Chronicle editorial, “Build the soccer stadium in the Bronx,” is right on the mark. Since it is an excellent idea and one that did not originate with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, it is unlikely Bloomberg will adopt it.
In his misguided arrogance, Bloomberg believes in:
• an expansion by the United States Tennis Association in Flushing Meadows Corona Park;
• a trampling upon the approved 2008 Willets Point project to allow the Mets ball club, its related companies and The Related Companies to build and prioritize a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall next to Citi Field, which is on FMCP land;
• allowing the mall without insisting upon the replacement of alienated parkland or adherence to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure for the project; and
• not only supporting a private, for-profit soccer stadium in FMCP, but justifying it on the preposterous claim that there is an abundance of green space in the city, so he will be leaving office with an excellent legacy.
Bloomberg’s cabal, with 21-term limited City Council persons to overrule the public’s twice-supported term limits; his mistreatment of FMCP and the people who need and use the park; his incessant need to romance with the very wealthy; and his general indifference to the plight of small businesses and the less privileged in this city all suggest he will in fact leave office with a legacy — but not what he envisions. On a scale of 1 to 10, it will be a minus 10.
I believe the majority of the people in this city, real estate moguls excepted, will welcome Bloomberg’s departure.