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The Mets wanted a casino near Citi Field. A long time ago.

Feb 5, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

Citi Field

And the proposal is long dead, too, rejected in 2011 and replaced by — at best — a shopping center project.  Yet that doesn’t stop the New York Post from running a big “The Mets want to open a casino at Citi Field” story today.

The article itself notes that city and state officials won’t approve it and that the desire by the Wilpons to get a casino near the ballpark. Indeed, full-blown non-Indian casinos with table gambling are illegal in New York. There’s currently a bill to legalize them, but governor Cuomo has said that approval would only go to a couple of them upstate.

I’m not sure how a nearly two-year old proposal — sorry, rejected proposal — that even if it was current would be rejected again based on the clear stance of state and local officials gets counted as a “revelation,” but that’s something maybe the Post can tell us tomorrow.

I’m sure A-Rod’s behind it somehow. Maybe the Daily News will explain how tomorrow too.

  1. kirkvanhouten - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Willet’s point is the home of cheap auto shops and scrapyards because…well…what the hell else are you going to put there? There’s nothing else around! To the west you have the stadium, MTA rail yards to the south, and the giant clusterfuck of highways blocking the north and east (which are blocking the marina and the heavily industrial area of College Point respectively).

    Add that to the fact that it’s a very difficult area to get to and it makes me wonder what the hell is the rush for “urban renewal” in that area. If you need an area for a lot of unsightly scrap yards and auto shops, I can think of no better place to put it.

    • Old Gator - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Well, Noguchi put his museum in a pretty similar neighborhood and it gentrified. Maybe he knew something we don’t.

  2. Ben - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Wall Street wasn’t close close enough to Citi Field I guess?

  3. mybrunoblog - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I seriously doubt we will ever see a casin next to a MLB stadium. Wilpon and Katz are pisssing in the wind here. Even their buddy Selig wouldn’t agree to this even if it was permissible (which it currently is not).

    • Old Gator - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      I can understand, though, that the Wilpoons would be looking for ways to score big, hard and fast. They could have it built in time to film Oceans XLVIII there, I betcha.

      • Old Gator - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        oh yeah – and because it’s Nyorc, they could just kick back and wait for the grid to crash on its own.

    • countduku - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Cleveland just last year opened the Horseshoe Casino within two blocks of Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena.. It has been highly sucessful in giving fans a place to go after each event. Every game i went to last year, there were always groups of people who had planned on adding the Casino to their schedule of events before calling it a night. Weekends were packed.

  4. fanofevilempire - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I don’t know what authority MLB would have to deny a casino near a baseball field.
    I was unaware MLB had such power.
    If a Casino were to open in that area I believe they would score big with all the highways
    and the subway near by to bring the people in and the fact that the city would like to relocate
    the auto businesses they could really have something good with restaurants, casinos and ballpark.

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