If Flushing Meadows Corona Park is more than twice as big as Prospect Park, then why does Prospect Park have nearly four times as many staff tending its flower beds and picking up litter?
Major League Soccer would very much like to build a soccer arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.(8)
Councilman demands a 'Queens' name for a new soccer team, and consideration of Citi Field as its home
Major League Soccer is planning on bringing a professional soccer team to Queens, and one Queens councilman is demanding that the team have an appropriately 'Queens' name.
"Whatever happens, if we bring a soccer team to Queens, whether it be at Citi Field or a new stadium, that soccer team must be called the 'Queens' whatever," said Queens Councilman Peter Vallone. "Like there's the Brooklyn Nets, I want a 'Queens' team."(2)
Today, following a press conference announcing the Mets would host the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Mayor Michael Bloomberg faced a barrage of questions from reporters about the NYPD's use of stop and frisk. The mayor said the practice had helped save thousands of lives. "Nobody's asked Ray Kelly to apologize," said the mayor, referring to his police commissioner. "He's not going to and neither am I, for saving 5,600 lives."
"He makes everything look so easy," Rodriguez said of Rivera, admiringly. "So easy, the fans think it's like that. But it's not. Look around at 29 of the 30 closers. He's the one, you know what I'm saying? He's got one pitch, and they want you to do this, and you can't."(3)
Minaya had arrived in New York, amid great fanfare and optimism, from the (now-defunct) Montreal Expos, where he had shown a knack for building competitive teams for very little money. Five years on, confidence that he could engineer a winner here was all but gone.
Sure enough, after a disspiriting an 18-20 start to the current campaign that left the Mets in last place in the National League East, and amid conspicuous signs that the team's owner-heir and "chief operating officer" Jeff Wilpon was taking a more hands-on role in personnel decisions, reporters didn't even bother asking Minaya if he still enjoyed the “full autonomy” he’d claimed he had in a preseason interview.(2)