City accused of Yankee parkland 'shell game'
The new Yankee Stadium, still under construction, right, is seen from the New York Police Department's Super Surveillance Helicopter, next to the current stadium on Tuesday. (AP)
A parks watchdog group released a study Thursday accusing the city of playing a shell game in replacing South Bronx parkland lost in the construction of the new Yankee Stadium.
NYC Park Advocates say the Bloomberg administration is only making up for 21.78 of the 25.3 acres being taken up by the new ballpark, opening next year.
Elected officials sold them [residents] down the river, said Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates.
Croft charged that the citys Department of Parks and Recreation has manipulated its figures to show there has not been a reduction in parkland.
The parks department declined to comment on the report, but issued its own breakdown of park projects in the South Bronx, which shows a five-acre gain in recreational space.
-- Ryan Chatelain