From the Daily News' Juan Gonzalez:
There's $137 million to pay for concessions at the new stadium - including a swank new Yankees Steakhouse, a Hard Rock Cafe, a museum and a conference center. The Yankees added most of those items to the stadium budget after the city approved the original financing plan.
Other enhancements include:
- $14.2 million for various scoreboard changes.
- $5 million for fancy public- bathroom improvements, including "burnished and glazed block" and "solid surface countertops."
- $10.5 million for new "suite level upgrades."
- $10.7 million for a huge new "video board."
- $8.7 million for the team's administrative offices.
The financial details that the team submitted list such a complicated split between public and private funding for those costs that it's almost impossible to separate them.
"This is bizarre," said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester), a longtime critic of the stadium deal. "We don't have enough money for our schools or the subways, yet they want to give the Yankees money for a steakhouse and granite ramps?"
Bloomberg keeps telling ordinary New Yorkers we need to tighten our belts in hard times. He needs to tell it to the Yankees.
The NY Times' Jim Dwyer has more:
When New York goes through a drought, it is the custom to shut down public fountains, like those in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art — not because they use all that much water, but because the dancing towers of water give the illusion of abundance.
They just turn off the spigots.