This was buried deep in an article in Saturday’s New York Daily News, so thanks to Dave Martinez of Empire of Soccer for spotting it: One of the board members of New York City F.C. says the team’s search for a stadium site is now focused on Queens or Brooklyn:
“We had focused on the Bronx, but that didn’t work out, and we weren’t able to find anything else in the Bronx that made sense,” [New York property attorney Martin] Edelman says. “So we’re looking in Queens and Brooklyn, and each potential [site] has to be analyzed for construction, for access to public transportation, for parking, it’s a very complicated process.
“There’s no rush, but there’s a rush. In other words we’re not going to just settle for something, we’re going to find a place where everybody is comfortable doing it, and it makes economic sense to do it. But we’re not just sitting and waiting for the place to come to us.”
That’s a really long-winded way of saying “we don’t know yet,” obviously. The only potentially interesting tidbit is the mention of Brooklyn, which hasn’t previously been discussed as a possible stadium site for NYC F.C., largely because there are no large available unused sites near public transit in Brooklyn where you could easily stick a soccer stadium. (I know because we went through this ten years ago with proposed alternative locations for the Brooklyn Nets arena, and there wasn’t much there.) The one possible wild card could be the Broadway Junction train hub, which Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has targeted for redevelopment as a college campus, mall, or other large anchor project. It’s not clear that there’s room on the city’s site map for a soccer stadium, and you’d hope de Blasio knows that a building that’s dark 340 days a year is a lousy anchor for redevelopment, and yes, I’m completely speculating wildly here. But you come up with a more reasonable site in Brooklyn — unless you think that Edelman is just saying “Brooklyn” to try to get some buzz about the team going in Sweden, which is entirely possible.