From the Daily News:
Everyone knows private money-making operations have exploded in our parks under Bloomberg. Fancy new restaurants, food kiosks, green grocers, bike rental and private sporting concessions - you name it.
So how could total income from all this business activity be falling?
Well, it turns out that Shea and the old Yankee Stadium - both of which sat on park land, and were owned by the city - were the Parks Department's biggest revenue generators.
Under the old Yankee Stadium deal, the city was assured a percentage of gate receipts, a percentage of food sales, even a percentage of the team's cable revenue.
Because of that, the old stadium produced as much as $15 million a year for Parks - even after deducting costs for stadium upkeep.
Likewise, the Shea Stadium deal generated as much as $9 million annually for the city.
As recently as 2008, the two ballparks represented nearly half of the $51 million in concessions revenue generated by the entire Parks system.
On top of that, the city was taking in an additional $6 million annually from parking fees at Shea and the old Yankee Stadium.
Once the new ballparks opened, all that revenue disappeared - even the parking money.
Today, the Mets keep all their parking revenue. Meanwhile, the Yankee Stadium garages, run by an independent firm, are nearly bankrupt and may never produce the $3 million annually they agreed to provide the city.
This loss of $30 million each and every year is a hidden cost to taxpayers from the new ballparks.
In other words, the Mets and Yankees save millions and the rest of us make it up with huge fee hikes.