From the NY Times:
...this season, when he came across the Mets blog developwilletspoint.com, he was intrigued. The site, run by a longtime Mets fan named Chris McShane, was dedicated to bringing together fans eager to help reshape the rundown section of Queens into “the best neighborhood in Major League Baseball,” according to the blog.
Mr. Simon e-mailed Mr. McShane, 23, whose day job is as a constituent liaison for Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz...
Stop right there, say no more! The NY Times is profiling a Machine-run blog as though it should be taken seriously? HA! I guess this is what you should expect from a newspaper that benefited from eminent domain abuse (and 9-11 abuse) itself. In this entire article, all of the "support" comes from a flip-flop-wearing tweeder-in-training, a crane operator with a vested interest, a VP at the EDC, and a computer geek who drove through Willets Point at night by mistake (notice how they leave out where he's from). None of these "Mets fans" seem to have a problem with businesses being forcibly relocated which in some cases will lead to their closure. As long as the people who want to hang out before or after a game a few nights a year get the sports bars they want, right?
You got a good Mets bar at Pine Restaurant Lounge, a short walk away on 114th Street and my favorite tradition after a game is a visit to Lemon Ice King of Corona, where there's plenty of other food in the vicinity. There's also a ton of restaurants in Flushing just one subway stop away (see recent NY Times article), the Kane Diner on College Point Blvd., or take the LIRR to Bell Blvd or Woodside if you want to bar hop. Considering that most people who attend a game seem to come from Manhattan or points east, it's rather insulting that they want to force out Queens business owners in order to create a playground for themselves.
I've been to Wrigley and to Fenway, located within residential areas. Ask the people who live in those neighborhoods how they feel about the proliferation of sports bars and hordes of drunks that spill out onto the sidewalks and puke in the gutters. At least in Queens, the after-game partying is spread out evenly among neighborhoods across the borough and their impact is minimized.
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