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New Yankee Stadium already showing cracks

Oct 24, 2009, 1:22 PM EDT

It seems the Yankees’ new $1.5 billion city-subsidized stadium is beginning to show cracks,
just six months after its debut. The team has recently fallen under
scrutiny for cracks in the concrete pedestrian ramps — some as much as
an inch wide and several feet long — prompting the team to hire an
engineering company to determine whether the problems were caused by
the installation, the design, the concrete or other factors.

On the bright side, Alice McGillion, a team spokeswoman, called the cracks
“cosmetic,” saying that they pose no safety issues because they did
not affect the structural integrity of the ramps.

“There is no evidence that there is any issue or problem with concrete or any material in the building,” she said.

Interstate Industrial Corporation, the company that poured the
concrete, was banned from doing city work in 2004 because city
concluded it had ties to organized crime, an accusation its owners have

Interstate may sound familiar since they are currently front-and-center
in the trial of former Giuliani Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik. According to the Village Voice, Kerik is accused of accepting $165,000 in renovations on his Riverdale apartment from the
DiTomasso brothers — the principals of Interstate — in return for
recommending them for city contracts they were barred from.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the company that evaluated the strength
of the concrete poured for the walkways, Testwell Laboratories, its
owners and several officers were indicted last year on state
racketeering charges. It’s unclear whether the team will have to tear
out any of the concrete in the ramps in question, however, according to
the New York Times, the problem could cost several million dollars to

  1. bhitt - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Well played sir, well played. Quite accurate.

  2. SpankmeMonkey - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Give me a break. ALL unions eventually get corrupt. Union workers get lazy, do crap work and feel entitled. And the statement “all concrete cracks” is moronic. 1″ cracks are NOT normal. Unplanned cracks in any concrete are a sign of poor engineering, materials or construction. My guess is you stupid NY union slugs were too busy giving each other reach arounds and the mob paid off the concrete testers.

  3. Steven - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    yeah- you sound like a real people person. did it ever occur to you it might not have worked out cause you’re a d*ckhead and no one wants to be around you? btw, I’m union AND college educated, not that it takes a college degree to realize it’s better for the money to be spread around the working class than for corporations to hoard it all for themselves. any more generalizations you want to toss around?

  4. Steven - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    btw, I GUARANTEE all you union-bashers would NEVER EVER have the balls to go to a union job site and say anything that you’re saying on your computers. it’s pretty easy to sit back, hide, and talk smack, isn’t it? and, oh yeah- Yankees rule!

  5. sw - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Hmm… too many long balls, now large cracks in the concrete. You can dig up David Ortiz’s jersey, but the curse remains. I wonder what else is burried down there?

  6. SpankMonkey - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Actually told a group of union hacks what I thought and got my ass kicked by 5 of them. 2 jumped me from behind. I would have taken any one on one and made them cry like babies. But union pussies need to gang up otherwise they are useless losers. I grew up in Detroit and watched unions trash the auto industry. Yankees suck! Gonna be fun to watch a team from LaLa land creak pee stains on the pin stripes.

  7. youre all dumb - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Everyone worth their weight in salt knows that concrete cracks. I’ve been to the stadium several times this year, and I’ve noticed no expansion materials or control joints in any of the walkways, which is a practice that the engineer should have enforced. Structurally the building is sound, cosmetically, the concrete is amateurish at best. Poor finish all around.
    As far as Union talk goes, they’re no more or less corrupt than every other private business out there… Has anyone paid any attention to the wall street mess??? Get with the program people…
    And for the record, I am not a Union worker. Not that I am against Unions, but everybody likes to think they know what they are talking about because once upon a time some Unions had mafia interests controlling them. What is the difference between the mafia controlling a Union and greedy, lying fat-cat bankers like Bernard Madoff running investment companies? At the core, nothing. Stop whining like little bitches…
    Corruption is everywhere. Let the workers work…

  8. Mike - Oct 24, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    We are a 3rd world country at best.

  9. Shane - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Hey it is concrete and there are 3 things that you can be sure of when dealing with that building material.
    1. It gets hard.
    2. Once installed no one is likely to steal it.
    3. It cracks.

  10. F You - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Not a union worker, but don’t have to be for my job. Which pisses off the union everywhere I go, especially the states that are not right to work states. Every job i’ve been on the union craft…if you can call them that…take their time, play hide and seek for 1500 a week(as they call it) and do every thing that they can to slow things down to make the job last longer. Everything is a safety issue, which just so happens to shutdown whatever your trying to get done for at least the rest of the day while there is a meeting to see if it really is one or not. That’s not just one job site…that’s every single one. In my opinion unions were useful at one point, but they have since outlived their usefulness in this country especially since most of the benefits are now required by law.

  11. mydogcleo - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    If you sleep with the dogs, you will wake up with the fleas.

  12. Covert - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Well said. I am a union member. I know many workers (IBM, HP) who sweat by their mail boxes to see what benefits are being axed next with no recourse other than a class action lawsuit. How many union bashers have never complained about their employers taking advantage of them? These companies need you as much as you need a job with decent pay and benefits but it’s all about the bottom line. Even non union shops can’t compete with slave labor overseas.

  13. brianbc - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    You wouldn’t want to build it perfect, would ‘ya? Having cracks, buckles, collapses, and continuous repairs and upgrades keeps those union boys in beer.
    This is just once more way of saying that we build them bad so we can keep our people working. Maybe if you built it perfect your companies would get more jobs instead of being left out in the cold because of poor quality and craftsmanship. No designer plans for continuous repairs and does not expect the builder to build it that way.
    What you are espousing is planned theft of city and taxpayer funds just to support your union buddies who can’t do the job properly.

  14. Robb - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Hey that’s just the union’s finest doing their work. Don’t be surprised if during a dramatic bottom of the 9th walk off homerun, the walls don’t start falling down.

  15. Seattle Guy - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    From Wall Street to the Bronx, White Collar to Blue, NYC is as corrupt and dirty as Washington D.C.

  16. Joe - Oct 24, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    I totally agree about unions. I am a former union worker now retired….They were a godsent years ago but now they are mostly corrupt and cause nothing but problems if they don’t get their way….and their way is not a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay….it’s truly sad because that is not what it was meant to be but now unions have their workers believing that the less you do, the better of you will be….that’s not good for business and for the USA….the pendulum has swung completely to the union side and it has crippled our economy….do you hear me DETROIT!

  17. J Moore - Oct 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Nothing good ever came out of New York in recent times including Hillary and Schumer. The phrase “too New Yorkish” comes to mind. You guys deserved Madoff and much, much more because of the politicians you elect. Honestly, how could an area become so corrupt, so pagan, and so worthless? I think the place should be razed and covered with salt.

  18. bob - Oct 24, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Well, when the mob uses their contractors to build a stadium…

  19. Bloody Finger - Oct 24, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    I’m not shocked to read about this. When I went to Yankee Stadium this year, I cut my finger on the jagged edge of metal that lined the edge of the wall in front of Jonny Rockets in the out field. I am sure they are unrelated, but both are examples of corner cutting and shoddy workmanship.

  20. retphxfire - Oct 24, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    No, the reason some people can sit in front of their computers IS the unions and their fights. You went to college, good for you, but for many who don’t have the ways and means or the timing (need to support or help support families, need for insurance, etc) taking so-called blue collar union jobs are their only option. I would be willing to bet that somehow you or many members of your family have benefited from changes brought about by unions. Everyone in your family went to college and became the boss?

  21. retphxfire - Oct 24, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    So the cracks are the fault of union workers? They aren’t part of the normal, safety cracks in all concrete construction? The contractors who make the biggest profits didn’t cut corners, it was just the workers? Grow up people. When you pour any large are of concrete cracks are expected and wanted to provide for expansion and extreme conditions. The only people who it profits to cut corners and use sub-standard products and practices are the money people – contractors, finance people, etc. Quit blaming the unions, without them most of you would be working your six day in a row today, for about 10 hours, without sick leave, insurance, breaks or security. Hurt on the job? You’d have been fired, no compensation. Complain about conditions? Bye, bye. Instead of whining, you should be thanking.

  22. John - Oct 24, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Unions = Low Class Citizens. They should be banished.

  23. bluffguy - Oct 24, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Sounds like these contractors had a lot of experience with concrete, but most of it was making concrete shoes !

  24. Southpark Resident - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Dey took oar jooobs! DEE TUUK ER JOOOOOBBBBSSS!

  25. Joe - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    6 day work week?….benefits?….they came into play forty years ago…..the grievance procedure that is in play with most unions now chokes business… will eventually run its course and unions will go down….just a matter of time….big mouths with no brains and full pockets…those are the union leaders who will fight to the death to keep their cushy jobs…the workers are just props…

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