There was a public “listening session” yesterday on plans for redeveloping land alongside Belmont Park, and both the New York Islanders and NYC F.C. made presentations, and “details” were “revealed,” according to the New York Post headline, and oh boy oh boy let’s see what we’ve got:
Reps for the NYCFC soccer organization, which currently plays at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, say the team’s plans for a 26,000-seat stadium at the Elmont, LI, site would also include 400,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, 15.3 acres of open space, a 5-acre park and 2-acre soccer facility…
The Islanders’ plan calling for an 18,000-seat arena was revealed to include an entertainment hub, hotel and retail village.
Wait, that’s it? We already knew pretty much all that — not down to the tenth of an acre, sure, but “sports facility accompanied by other development” was both teams’ plan all along. No details about how this would be funded? No renderings? Come on, we gotta at least get some renderings!
Here is what the Islanders, Sterling and Oak View Group envision for Belmont. pic.twitter.com/xY7l1gts3g
— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) December 11, 2017
That’s not a rendering! There aren’t even any fireworks or lens flare! This Monday sucks.
(Here’s a video of the Islanders’ developer talking about how he used to build snowmen with Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon when they were kids, which is something, I guess.)