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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. Val - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Steve you’re an idiot. The city will get a better return on their investment in both Yankee Stadium and CitiField than most of us will ever see in a lifetime. Increased spending on construction boosts tax revenues. Not only are there new stadiums built, but new parking garages and Metro North station. The Yankees historically have the best attendance in the majors. Good investment, even if your tiny little mind won’t allow you to look at the big picture

  2. James Bowe - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    I have an education, a career that requires said education, AND I’m in a union. 40 hour work week? The fight started to gain a 10 hour workday, 40 hour weeks came MUCH later. Surely unions can be greedy in their negotiations, are employers any more altruistic? You can’t blame one or the other for much, it all boils down to good old fashion human selfishness. And we’re all guilty of that to some degree, so stop pontificating on how unions are destroying this country, because your ignorance to the complexity of the actual issues that ARE destroying this country is an embarrassment.

  3. Steve Clark - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Your calling me low class? I’m a union Ironworker and have been for almost 25 years. I helped New Yorkers clean up after 9/11. I quit a job at a steel mill in Ashland KY and drove there. I did it because a call went out for men experienced in demolition work; as most union ironworkers are. Was it union labor that knocked them down, no. Were you there helping? Were any of you who are knocking union labor there? The people lined the sidewalks clapping for the firefighters and ironworkers that came and went; and came back again. I didn’t get paid. I didn’t want to get paid. The next time you have a fire ask the firemen if they’re union. Tell them you don’t want union labor saving your house. Ask the cop not to catch the criminal that steals your car or kills your daughter because they’re union. Tell the teacher not to teach your kids, they’re union.

  4. brian s - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Joe, truly hilarious how many grammatical and spelling errors are in your criticism of someone else’s grammar and spelling. LOL

  5. Joe - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    My experience as a union officer differs with your take sir. I have seen first hand the time wasting practices and the frivolous grievances that were started just to break balls and waste money. Don’t tell me that doesn’t destroy a business and, if done by most unions, destroy our country. It has happened already. Detroit’s greedy union workers strong armed the auto industry years ago. Have you been seeing the results in the last 10 years or more. Buy American??? We lost that war to Japan….

  6. Charles - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    You wont be surfing the web? Last time I checked those who support the operation of the web weren’t union…Maybe that is why it runs so smooth………….

  7. Bobby - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    It’s only for us WHITE collar workers dude

  8. ranksg - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    reading these “misives” is quite interesting. unions were established to prevent companies from taking advantage of its workers. poor working conditions caused health issues, lost limbs, death. if the seamstress didn’t throw a little “love” to the manager, she was out. if a supervisor didn’t like you, you were gone. if you lost your arm, grab a cup and pencils and stand on the corner. over time, the middle class fought back. have there been issues where the unions got too greedy? heck ya. after they were infiltrated by organized crime, by men who only had their own profit in mind…sound like everything else in this world? Politicians? guys and gals, in an urbanized environment, there are going to always be issues that exploit others. the purpose of unions and government is to minimize that exploitation. for the group of you that complain about uions, you keep listening to glenn beck, rush and sean…complainers with no solutions…oh wait, they do have solutions; glenn said slavery was a good thing, rush says that obama is a nazi and sean, just beats on combs. those are certainly people worth idolizing. talk about education, read the history of teddy roosevelt, read about the robber barons, read sinclair lewis’ “the jungle”, get off your arse and read and get active. you want to eliminate unions, start at the top…not the bottom. yeesh, you people are dolts.

  9. Joe - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Why do people who dislike unions get lumped in with right wing conservatives? Oh, because the liberal, socialist, elitist above said so….what you described above happened nearly 100 years ago…the rank and file do not suffer anymore….they have too much….turn on your lights and look around….the unions will go down kicking and screaming to keep their now ill-gotten gains…Obama will keep them afloat for another 4 years but the strain will be too much….within 10 years many unions will fall….the economy cannot carry them anymore…

  10. ed bradford - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    what a dumb ss i hope u dont shop at wall mart

  11. suibne - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Watsa matta sh.t head, Baston loozin hert ya haaht?

  12. eddie - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    LFMAO! It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true! More sudsidies for all.

  13. Chris - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    What I find odd about this whole conversation is that nobody seems ready to think openly and listen to contrary points of view. It’s another sign of the times, like the way Republicans and Democrats talk about each other.
    In my youth I was a union worker for around 5 years. After that I ran a union commercial painting company for 5 years. I’ve seen both sides.
    Unions are a good idea, The problem is that they have gained too much power in certain sectors.
    Why should a union be able to tell a business how many people it should employ, or which ones? It makes no sense. Employers should be able to hire who they want.
    Unions should be concerned with wages, work conditions, and wages.
    Nothing else should be allowed.
    Detroit ran into problems because, for so many years, money flowed in giant rivers and it was not in their interest to negotiate forcefully with the unions. The management made poor decisions about what they offered the unions. The unions got to expect that they would.

  14. chris - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Sorry for the typo above.
    I meant to say that unions should be concerned with wages, work conditions, and safety.

  15. Kelly - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Seriously, blame the designers.. not the workers.. What’s up with all the union bashing? Do you have a problem with a working man having a decent paycheck/benefits/life or could you just not get into a union and you’re jealous?

  16. eddie - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    So concrete is supposed to crack. Is it normal for it to crack after 6 months?

  17. mikemfla - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    well said steve. compare hourly pay of walmart to hourly pay of unionized employees, e.g. teachers, cops, firemen, etc…..
    as the unions fail, wages across the board will CONTINUE to fall. since 70% of the economy is consumer driven, say goodbye to the u.s. economy and the american dream.
    btw, go yankees!

  18. Kevin - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    No Doug unions didn’t drive OUR jobs overseas. We did it, when the Unions were all warning us to buy Amercian we were all busy looking to save a buck. Then one by one the jobs began to move over to those places where workers were still being exploited. Do you remember when shoes, textiles, automobiles were made in this country? Now go look for a pair of sneakers and see if any are made here any longer. Oh and those cheap prices not so cheap anymore. So not only did WE let the jobs go now we are paying for it in more ways then one.

  19. JT - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    hairline cracking in concrete is almost impossible to control. I have had concrete crack 2 inches from a control joint for no apparent reason. I poured a basement slab last year, was going to cut it the next morning, and by noon (2 hours after we finished it) the slab had already cracked. Every pour I do I worry about it, but it is the nature of the beast. It’s gonna crack, hopefully in a control joint. But a 1 inch wide crack in an elevated structure is a seroius problem that needs to be looked at. That isn’t a hairline crack, that is structural failure.

  20. mikemfla - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    some people arent smart enough to understand that paying walmart wages will not sustain an economy that is 70% consumer driven. this has become a service economy that pays sh&t.
    some people arent smart enough to understand either that companies pay $1/hour to chinese workers using crap material, then charge prices here as if they had paid an american worker a livable wage using quality materials. so you get ripped off by corporations twice.
    corporations will come back when americans accept the pay that they offer to chinese workers. until then, the jobs will continue to leave.

  21. mikemfla - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    you are right chris. detroit was making tons of money with unionized labor for many, many years. workers received good pay, benefits and were able to afford to purchase the products they made and that other american manufacturers made. the introduction of toyota, honda and the rest and the lack of innovation by the white collar engineers of the big 3 and their ceo’s are what did in the auto industry.
    morons here would rather blame the worker than big business. obviously, not many are understanding of history. during the industrial revolution, pre-union, wages, working conditions and standards of living were horrible. corporations will always pay as little as possible and treat people like cattle, look at walmart.

  22. Jeff - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Does anybody know where Hoffa is buried?

  23. tismanica - Oct 24, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    they should check carefully,probably a red sox coffin,or david ortiz is interred down there,,buena suerte….

  24. judy - Oct 24, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Did you guys make this big of a deal when there was flooding in the OWNER’s box in Citifield? No you didn’t, but since this involves the Yankees, it’s a big deal to you.

  25. Dave - Oct 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    I have read many of the comments here whether Pro or Non- Union. I will not get nasty, only ask those of you who are Non what do YOU really KNOW about Unions that make you spout all these venemous hateful words?
    Non Union contractors are dishonest(kick-back)also.
    I ask you If you had to do a job task that you knew was not CORRECT but your boss said and the architects prints showed this is the correct installation what are you going to do.
    Union or Non the worker has no choice of design or materials, he only has his skills to rely on. Shoddy is not the product of the qualified worker it is the product of greed of the Contractor and the Arch. Whether we are Union oe Non I would hope we all want what is best for the costomer.

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